NBC NEWS: Lap Dances Aren’t Art, So No Tax Break, Court Says

Source: NBC News

A sharply divided court in New York says lap dances don’t promote culture in a community the way ballet or other artistic endeavors do, and so shouldn’t get a tax break.

The state’s top court split 4 to 3. Dissenting justices conclude there’s no distinction in state law between “highbrow dance and lowbrow dance,” so the case raises “significant constitutional problems.”

The lawsuit was filed by Nite Moves, an adult club in suburban Albany that was arguing its fees for admission and private dances are exempt from sales taxes.

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