Lap Dancing: Not an Amusement

Philly Says Local Strip Clubs Owe “Amusement Tax”

The city of Philadelphia recently attempted to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from local strip clubs by claiming that for years the clubs have failed to pay the “amusement tax” on lap dances. Attorneys for the clubs argued that lap dances at strip clubs are theater, which is exempt from the amusement tax.

Attorney George Bochetto was quoted on the CBS Philly website:

“American contemporary theater has lots of exotic type things, sexually provocative things, a great deal of nakedness in American contemporary theater, and are frankly indistinguishable from what takes place at a gentlemen’s club. Nudity does not mean it’s not part of American contemporary theater. Immersiveness or touching does not mean it’s not part of American contemporary theater.”

The Tax Board sided with the clubs. The city says it will appeal.

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