Taxman Takes On Striptease In Norway

Oslo – Tickets to striptease shows in Norway, until now exempt from value-added tax (VAT) because they were considered to be an art, will be subjected to a 25 percent levy, the government said Tuesday.

In the 2007 revised budget bill, Finance Minister Kristin Halvorsen proposed changing the law to make striptease shows a commercial activity liable to VAT.

The move is seen as a way of circumventing two court decisions in 2005 and 2006 which ruled that striptease was an art.

In both cases, the judges found in favour of the owner of the Diamond Go Go Bar in Oslo, who argued that striptease was an art like opera or ballet and therefore refused to add VAT to ticket prices.

“Striptease will refer clearly to traditional shows in strip clubs as well as performances of a similar nature, such as the Chippendales,” the group of male dancers, the finance ministry said in a statement.

“The term ‘striptease’ will not refer to plays or other similar artistic expressions which contain nude scenes as part of the storyline,” the ministry added.

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One Response to “Taxman Takes On Striptease In Norway”

  1. dancingfool Says:

    Ah, so it’s all about the storyline! Fab-u-lous!

    I so totally love Nordic-types. That cold sensibility, that distant, Vulcanesque rationalization of “dirty things”…

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