Paul L. Caron

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Nevada May Tax Brothels

MSNBC reports that Nevada's legislature is considering a bill that would tax the state's 28 legal brothels:

The brothels pay local taxes and license fees but have never been taxed by the state, which under the bill would impose a 10 percent tax on drinks and food and collect a $2 fee on each customer. The Nevada Brothel Association backs the bill, but not all bordello owners think it is a good idea.

Dennis Hof, owner of Moonlite BunnyRanch in Carson City, where the HBO "Cathouse" television show is filmed, said a bordello tax would be "ridiculous.  I'm paying big license fees," Hof said of the fees he pays to operate two bordellos in Lyon County. "If you had two McDonald's and sell 50 million hamburgers a year, it would cost you $300. I sell a little bit of sex and it costs me $200,000 a year. That's enough."

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