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article imageStrip Clubs Will Be Forced To Pay Sin Tax Until Constitutionality Appeal Decided

By Nikki Weingartner     Apr 19, 2008 in Lifestyle
Texas gentleman's establishments will still be expected to pay a "pole tax", designed to provide funding for sexual assault services and health insurance for the poor. The constitutionality of the tax is currently being appealed.
In 2007, The Texas Legislature approved by landslide majority a tax on strip clubs that would add a $5 USD fee to the per person cover charge. The $40,000 million USD fee would be collected annually and go to assist victims of sexual assault and health care for the poor.
In an AP report, owners challenged the fee in court, and last month a district judge found it to be an illegal tax on expression protected by the First Amendment.
On March 28, state district Judge Scott Jenkins found that the fee was an illegal tax on "expression that, while politically unpopular, is nevertheless protected by the First Amendment."
Texas State Attorney General Gregg Abbott filed an appeal, automatically freezing Judge Jenkins' ruling. The "pole tax" and any penalty assessments for late payments will apply.
States like Utah also have a tax on strip clubs, where a 10 percent levy is assessed on those places that like to show it off.
Sounds like Texas "T" Bars will be grinding more than their flesh over this tax that provides aid to those in need.
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