Well this subject has been done to death over the years. However as it has been raised on UKP once again here are my thoughts.
Basically I totally agree with Jimmy. The vast majority of prostitutes do not pay tax. It isn’t this that annoys me, but the fact that they totally insult our intelligence by insisting they do.
Do they really expect us to believe that they receive an amount of money that is in reality unknown by anyone apart from themselves and the person giving it to them, often in an intimate and private situation, and they then take a percentage of this and give it to the Inland Revenue?
In a parlour the parlour owners don’t care what the girls are given so long as they get their percentage. No one knows whether I’m giving a girl in the room £5, £50 or £500.
What about street girls? I suppose they also pay tax?
A regular girl even admitted to me a few years ago that she was claiming benefits. And she was actually a good wg.
When I was a student I worked casually and part time for a mate. It was cash in hand and we never even thought about tax, although I doubt I earned enough to pay tax on it anyway.
This whole situation is the same as the idea of making paid sex illegal. How the hell can anyone know what goes on between me and an indie escort? They don’t know how much I’ve paid her or even if we’ve actually had sex.
As I say I almost forgot to pay Nicoletta once and was on my way out of the premises before we both remembered. If I hadn’t have returned and paid her, and assuming this impossible law had been brought in, would it have been legal if I had left without paying? But because I returned and quite rightly paid her for her excellent services then would I have been breaking the law?
As anyone can see the whole thing is crazy and impossible to regulate – at least with indie escorts.
They could close every parlour and agency down, clean up the streets totally, but they will never be able to regulate indies,
Returning to the tax topic this is one of the reasons the authorities dislike paid sex, not because they feel it’s immoral, but because they can’t get their cut out of it as they do with everything else we do.
It is impossible to tax indie escorts just as it is impossible to legislate them.
In conclusion I’m not bothered whether they pay tax or not, but I have little sympathy if they get caught, especially if they are claiming benefits too. Those of us who are taxed (very heavily) at source to help pay for those benefits have no choice in the matter.