Friday, May 22, 2009
Daily Mail: Teen Who Auctioned Her Virginity for £8,000 May Lose Half... Because Prostitutes in Germany Are Taxed at 50% of Earnings:
Tax authorities in Germany are poised to claim 50% of the money that a teenage student earned for 'auctioning' her virginity because they claim it was "tantamount to prostitution."
Romanian-born Alina Percea, who is a student in Germany, was paid £8,800 [$13,827] in cash for a weekend of sex with the Italian businessman after she auctioned her virginity online. But tax officials in Berlin regard the 18-year-old's act as "nothing more than prostitution." Prostitution is legal in Germany -- but it is heavily taxed. ...
It also emerged that, because Alina earned so much in such a short time, she may even be liable for a hefty VAT bill too. VAT in Germany works out to 19%, meaning the sale of her virginity could land her with just over £3,000 in the end.
(Hat Tip: Gregg Benson.)