Lap Dance Tax
One of the most unusual tax battles in Philadelphia history has come to an end.
The Nutter Administration raised eyebrows when officials tried to bring in a new source of revenue by taxing lap dances at strip clubs.
The Nutter Administration has decided to appeal the Tax Review Board’s ruling that such a tax is out of bounds.
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The Nutter administration earlier this year had sent tax bills in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to three gentlemen’s clubs, with city officials contending that the amusement tax applies to lap dances performed in back rooms.
Two dancers from Club Risque explained to the Tax Review Board how they perform and charge for lap dances. And that club’s attorney, George Bochetto, pointedly accused the city’s attorney of trying to intimidate other witnesses by bringing up their own tax status.
The Nutter Administration’s controversial decision to start taxing lap dances at gentleman’s clubs will be challenged this week by the club at the start of what could be a lengthy legal battle.