Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Las Vegas Legislators Propose to Tax Prostitution

Cities all over the country are being affected by the recession, and one of the areas hit the hardest is Las Vegas, Nevada. Although the city’s economy was booming in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, it is not struggling to find additional revenue. As such, a local politician has suggested a tax on the world’s oldest profession – prostitution. Check out the article below that discusses the proposal, thanks to KXNT.com.

Senator Bob Coffin of Las Vegas believes Nevada could pick up two million dollars annually if it imposes a tax on prostitution. He's introduced a bill in the state Legislature that would charge patrons five-dollars tax for each session. He notes that the state Department of Taxation would be allowed to publish how much it took in, only it didn't identify an individual business. Some of the money would go toward an "ombudsman for sex workers." It would provide assistance to prostitutes who have complaints or are looking for another profession.

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