Painted dancers file lawsuits in order to not pay Texas’ ‘pole tax’ imposed on strip clubs

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Published 11:28 am, Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Texas federal judge has to decide whether a painted body is a nude body after painted Texas dancers are putting up a fight against a $5 entry fee state tax, commonly known at the “pole tax.”

Before January 2017, these clubs, where the dancers were “covered” in paint and other materials, were categorized separately from fully-nude strip clubs. Because of this distinction, the $5 entry fee didn’t apply, but now that the tax applies, the dancers of the club are filing lawsuits to separate themselves from strippers.

Not only are the painted dancers asking a judge to redefine their connection to strip clubs, they are also seeking monetary damages, according to the Statesman.

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According to the Statesman, Texas Entertainment Association is the plaintiff and Glenn Hegar, the state’s comptroller, is the defendant.

Both have been reached out to by for comment, but have yet to hear back.The story will be updated once statements have been passed along.

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If clubs don’t pay the taxes gathered from patrons, the state can close their doors. In 2016, Houston’s V Live, which often hosts elite celebrities and athletes in the Bayou City, was shut down because it owed nearly $200,000 in taxes to the state of Texas.

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