Skip to comments.German sex tax men tackle prostitutes
Posted on 04/19/2012 9:55:50 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows
Stuttgart tax men are facing the daunting task of measuring the floor space in all the southern German city's brothels, after a new per square metre tax was introduced on the oldest profession.
The collectors initially resorted to extensive internet research to find all the sex businesses in the city but found their computers blocked from the relevant sites.
"The first problem was that, as public officials, those pages are actually out of bounds for us," said Stuttgart tax collector Rolf Kiener. Once the necessary special permission was granted, Kiener and his colleagues were initially shocked. "It's rather eye-opening what's out there," he said.
The new tax means that all spaces in the city used to sell "erotic pleasures" will be taxed by the square metre, including strip clubs, porn cinemas and brothels.
Establishments that offer both "initial approach" and "completion" of a transaction will be forced to pay as much as 10 per square metre per month.
By that count, a 17-sqm room would cost a brothel-owner 2,040 a year. But the tax does not include bar areas, toilets and office space, so precise measurements need to be taken.
Once the establishments in question have been identified by blushing officials, they receive a letter from the local tax office.
If they then fail to provide a detailed floor-plan, Stuttgart's bravest tax men appear at the door, armed with a tape measure. In order to avoid embarrassment, they make appointments.
"You don't want to have to go there during business hours," said Kiener.
It's estimated that Germany's sex trade is worth some 14.5 billion a year.
um... er... okay...
if these are ‘legal’ businesses in the city.... shouldn’t they already be registered with the authorities??
*shrug* Government at work.
Whatever allowed that title to go out was asleep at the wheel.
Made think they were playing some kind of bizarre football game.
No *way* that was an accident.
One screws you all the time and the other is a prostitute.
Very astute observation.
Ich bin ein porn liener.
I wonder if it will be considered tax evasion for the hooker to do her business standing up.
What’s next, a per stroke tax?
(Here, attach this recorder to your... uuum, nevermind.)
Dude, don’t give them ideas...
Okay...so each room that is used by the hooker, can be furnished with a desk, as an office for discussing details of the business to be conducted, a small bar also in the office to celebrate the deal, and a bed in one corner to consummate the transaction, the only area subject to tax would be the area taken up by the bed.
Regardless of the nature of a legal business, I'm all for legally beating the tax man.
So if they put in a Murphy Bed they would have less than one sq meter
If built into wall and stood up 0
Every new law is a new business opportunity.