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Strippers Not Baring All To Taxman

Published onsdag 8 april 2009 kl 17.54

Swedish web-strippers are failing to report their income. Striptease via webcam is a growing business in Sweden, and the National Tax Board estimates the number of professionals to be between 300-500 individuals. So far, they have identified and investigated 200.

Baring it all on the net is perfectly legal here in Sweden, and is classed as self employment. But the strippers are now in a spot of bother as they often fail to report their income to the authorities. For the last three years the tax office has been working on a project to map out the intricate web of the three P’s; pills, poker and porn, on the Internet.

It is believed that most of the webcam strippers are quite young, and Dag Hardyson, in charge of the project, told Swedish news agency TT that this could be one of the explanations for why so many failed to report their income - a lack of knowledge.

”But it could also be due to their clients not wishing to be identified,” he told TT.

It is estimated that the turnover for the business as a whole is almost 500,000 US dollars and that the state therefore loses out on revenue of up to 250,000 dollars. According to Swedish Radio News, so far only one of the 200 investigated strippers has sent in a tax return. (RM)

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