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Author Topic: Punters against prossie-tax . . . ?  (Read 450 times)

Offline Marmalade

I noticed in Stuttgart that a lot of things were cheap about 20% less than I'd pay at home. Whereas prostitutes were about 20% more for the equivalent experience. Then a regular in Sakura FKK told me that, from a few years ago they are taxed at 20%.* It seems to me that, by making the prossies pay tax, I am paying more for my punt. I mentally labelled this the James999 tax. Melbourne is just as bad. Do we really want prossies to have to put up their rates to pay tax? It's bad enough that they charge more to pay fines. It seems to me that

it is against the interests of punters for prostitutes to have to pay tax and therefore against the ethos of this forum to encourage it.

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*cf WIki (couldn't decide which section this goes in, but as tax is a big issue in the general forum it seems most relevant here:
"Prostitution is legal in Germany. Prostitutes may work as regular employees with contract, though the vast majority work independently.[38] Brothels are registered businesses that do not need a special brothel license; if food and alcoholic drinks are offered, the standard restaurant license is required.

Prostitutes have to pay income taxes and even have to charge VAT for their services, to be paid to the tax office. In practice, prostitution is a cash business and taxes are not always paid, though enforcement has recently been strengthened. The Länder North Rhine-Westfalia, Baden Württemberg and Berlin have initiated a system where prostitutes have to pay their taxes in advance, a set amount per day, to be collected and paid to tax authorities by the brothel owners. North Rhine-Westfalia charges 25 euros per day per prostitute, while Berlin charges 30 euros. In May 2007 authorities were considering plans for a uniform country-wide system charging 25 euros per day.[45]

The first city in Germany to introduce an explicit prostitution tax was Cologne. The tax was initiated early in 2004 by the city council led by a coalition of the conservative CDU and the leftist Greens. This tax applies to striptease, peep shows, porn cinemas, sex fairs, massage parlors, and prostitution. In the case of prostitution, the tax amounts to 150 euros per month and working prostitute, to be paid by brothel owners or by privately working prostitutes. (The area Geestemünder Straße mentioned above is exempt.) Containment of prostitution was one explicitly stated goal of the tax. In 2006 the city took in 828,000 euros through this tax.[46]

Until 2002, prostitutes and brothels were technically not allowed to advertise, but that prohibition was not enforced. The Bundesgerichtshof ruled in July 2006 that, as a consequence of the new prostitution law, advertising of sexual services is no longer illegal.[47] Before the law and still now, many newspapers carry daily ads for brothels and for women working out of apartments. Many prostitutes and brothels have websites on the Internet. In addition, sex shops and newsstands sell magazines specializing in advertisements of prostitutes ("Happy Weekend", "St Pauli Nachrichten" ["St. Pauli News"], "Sexy" and many more).

Every city has the right to zone off certain areas where prostitution is not allowed (Sperrbezirk). Prostitutes found working in these areas can be fined or, when persistent, jailed. The various cities handle this very differently. In Berlin prostitution is allowed everywhere, and Hamburg allows street prostitution near the Reeperbahn during certain times of the day.

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