Gentlemen's Club Attorney Responds To Lap Dance Tax - Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

Gentlemen's Club Attorney Responds To Lap Dance Tax

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

It may be a brass pole to you. But for the city of Philadelphia, this might as well be gold.

"I was astounded," said Attorney George Bochetto.

George Bochetto is an attorney for two South Philadelphia Gentlemen's Clubs: Cheerleaders and Club Risque.

That was his reaction when his clients got these little doozies in the mail.

Tax bills. One for $488,000. The other for $341,000.

Back taxes for lap dances.

"To then all of the sudden come in for five years and say for five years you owe us hundreds of thousands of dollars...it's absurd," says Bochetto.

The bills are for the city's 40-year-old five percent amusement tax, Typically assessed on movie tickets, concerts and sporting events. Taxes on cover club charges are standard, but an extra tax on lap dances has never been assessed until now. Critics call it a money grab.

"That's what an amusement tax is. You go to a baseball game you pay on the admission fee. You don't pay on the cotton candy you eat inside," says Bochetto.

According to Bochetto the city just estimated how many lap dances were given over the past five years. At least two gentlemen's clubs are appealing to the tax review board later this month.

"The city of Philadelphia said we've had this amusement tax we've had hanging around for 40 years maybe we can apply it to a new certain situation," concludes Bochetto.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Obama Faces Criticism For Lack Of Strategy Countering ISIS

    Obama Faces Criticism For Lack Of Strategy Countering ISIS

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-09-01 13:49:53 GMT

    There may finally be some good news in the war against ISIS: Government forces have retaken a town in northern Iraq.

    There may finally be some good news in the war against ISIS: Government forces have retaken a town in northern Iraq.

  • Roxborough Fire Destroys Family-Owned Dry-Cleaning Business

    Roxborough Fire Destroys Family-Owned Dry-Cleaning Business

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:39 AM EDT2014-09-01 12:39:24 GMT

    A fire destroys a family-owned business early Monday morning in the Roxborough section of the city.

    A fire destroys a family-owned business early Monday morning in the Roxborough section of the city.

  • Revel Hotel Casino Begins 2-Day Shutdown

    Revel Hotel Casino Begins 2-Day Shutdown

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:15 AM EDT2014-09-01 12:15:23 GMT

    It is the beginning of the end for Atlantic City's Revel Hotel and Casino. The hotel shuts down Monday morning, and early Tuesday the casino will follow.

    It is the beginning of the end for Atlantic City's Revel Hotel and Casino. The hotel shuts down Monday morning, and early Tuesday the casino will follow.


Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices