Stripping Isn't Art, Hustler Club Told In $2M Tax Verdict

Law360, New York (February 12, 2014, 1:51 PM EST) -- New York's Division of Tax Appeals slapped Manhattan's Hustler Club with over $2 million in excise taxes after the club failed to persuade the court that exotic dancing was a tax-free dramatic musical performance, according to a recently released opinion.

Administrative Law Judge Donna M. Gardiner found that HDV Manhattan LLC, the parent company of a Hustler Club in Manhattan, was exploiting a loophole in the state's excise tax law that does not impose excise taxes on admission charges for dramatic choreographed performances.

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