NY's high court considers: Is lap dancing a tax-exempt art?

A judge's gavel

We wish we were sitting in the courtroom for this one -- New York's highest court today heard arguments from the owners of a New York strip club.

They're arguing they shouldn't have to pay sales taxes on nude lap dances because they're a tax-exempt art, just like a ballet performance or a play. Lap dancing is a "live dramatic or musical arts performance" under New York state tax law, in their view. 

Their expert witness? A cultural anthropologist who studies exotic dance.

Hold onto your seats for that decision.

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Sarah Gardner is a reporter on the Marketplace sustainability desk covering sustainability news spots and features.

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