Art

New York Court to Consider if Stripping is Art

"Live dramatic or musical arts performances" are exempt from some taxes

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Is nude dancing an art? New York's highest court will consider legal arguments by a strip club on whether it is and deserves a state tax exemption as such.

The case set for oral arguments Wednesday involves Nite Moves, an adult entertainment club in suburban Albany that is contesting a tax bill of more than $124,000 following a 2005 audit.

Tax officials say sales taxes were paid on the club's non-alcoholic drinks but are also owed on admission and so-called "couch sales," where patrons pay for private or lap dances.

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