Norweigan Court Rules That Striptease is an Artform
A Norwegian appeals court has ruled that strip club owners should be exempt from VAT taxes on the grounds that stripping is an art form.
A Norwegian appeals court has ruled that striptease is an art form and should therefore be exempt from value-added tax (VAT).
The owners of the Diamond Go Go Bar in Oslo had refused to pay VAT of 25% on entry fees as tax authorities demanded.
Lawyers for the club’s owners argued that striptease dancers were stage artists just like sword-swallowers and comedians and deserved the same status.
“Striptease, in the way it is practised in this case, is a form of dance combined with acting,” the judges ruled, according to AFP news agency.
I can’t argue with that logic. If the United States ever decides to exempt performance events from taxes, let’s hope the courts keep this Norwegian ruling in mind as persuasive authority…
(link via Warren Ellis)