Monday, December 11, 2006

Comparative Tax Law: Pole Dancing is Tax Free in Norway

A Norwegian court of appeals has declared that pole dancing is a form of artistic expression and should be exempted from the Value Added Tax (of VAT).
Lawyers ...argued that striptease dancers were stage artists just like sword-swallowers and comedians and deserved the same status.

"Striptease, in the way it is practised in this case, is a form of dance combined with acting," the judges ruled, according to AFP news agency... "One can suspect there were moral scruples behind the tax authorities' claim since all forms of stage dance are free of value-added tax," Reuters news agency quoted the club owners' lawyer as saying.|BBC|

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