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Nevada Brothels and Prostitution Tax
03-25-2009, 09:14 PM
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Nevada Brothels and Prostitution Tax
Nevada Brothels and Prostitution Tax

One of the oddities of Nevada is that opponents of legalized prostitution lead the fight against the state's brothels by pretending they don't exist. So, while the governor of Nevada is opposed to legal prostitution, this is expressed by a refusal to tax brothels. No, really. To express his opposition, Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons isn't trying to rid Nevada of brothels, instead he is trying to keep them from being taxed. Here is the governor quoted in today's Review-Journal expressing his version of logic:

"I'm not a supporter of legalizing prostitution in Nevada. So, by taxing it, there's a recognition of the legality of it. And, that's all I want to say."

Notice how in the first sentence the governor objects to "legalizing prostitution" in the state, apparently ignorant that brothels are already legal in 10 counties in Nevada. But then, in the next sentence, the governor clears things up: Yes, he understands brothels are legal and therefore he thinks the correct response is to pretend that they are not legal. In essence, taxing brothels, Gibbons implies, would ruin his ability to maintain what one literary critic called "the willful suspension of disbelief" that brothels are not legal in Nevada. Yes, this is political logic in this state.

Anyway, all of this is now an issue because a state lawmaker is proposing a $5 tax on acts of prostitution, which he estimates can bring in about $2 million a year to help with Nevada's massive budget problems. Technically, the tax would be applied to every act of prostitution that takes place in Nevada including the illegal prostitution in Vegas. But when I reached out to two Vegas hookers who work on the wrong side of the law to ask if they would pay such a tax, both laughed. On the other hand, a spokesperson for legal brothel, the Chicken Ranch (pictured), e-mailed me that they support the tax.

Still, the political experts say that despite the legal brothels supporting being taxed, and Nevada's money problems being so severe, this $5 tax is unlikely to happen. Here is the weird part. No one in a position of power, including the governor, is proposing making prostitution illegal in Nevada. The legal brothels are crucial support for rural counties in Nevada that depend on taxing them for a large part of their local budgets. So, instead of fighting to make prostitution illegal, opposition to legal brothels is generally expressed in Nevada by opposing any effort to tax them. Are ostriches indigenous to this desert?

Source: http://vegasblog.latimes.com/vegas/2009/...g-sex.html

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11-11-2009, 11:37 PM
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RE: Nevada Brothels and Prostitution Tax
Actually some of them make close to 100k a year.

They are required to pay income tax just like anyone else. It is the separate tax $5 tax that is the issue.

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