The Government is cracking down on strippers to ensure they pay tax on the money they make in the £5bn adult entertainment industry.
HMRC has launched a taskforce that will also target adult club owners and “entertainers” following a dramatic rise in online escort agencies.
Officials believe those involved in the industry earn thousands of pounds a day and while many pay tax, some do not.
“Large numbers of people working in this industry are paying the tax they owe and they don’t have anything to worry about,” Jim Stevenson, head of HMRC Taskforces, said.
It’s not in the large companies, not evasion. It’s the local neighbourhood tart offering a hand job at £5 to the morning commuter (“Go to work with a smile on your face, Sir?”).
And good luck with collecting that too.
And yes, HMRC has been after this sector for a long time. As at least one reader of this blog will be able to confirm, back in the days of cards in phone boxes there would be a team or two collecting them. In order to make an appointment, have a little chat about where that tax return is luv.
True, according to rumour, you did have to piss off your boss to be assigned to said team but still, the work was done. And I would assume that there’s someone employed to read Punternet these days to achieve the same end. Lovely job, eh?
Actually, come to think of it, there’s a market for the Fair Tax Mark from the Lord of Downham Market. Have to get the fee down to the cost of a handjob of course, but there’s probably a few thousand out there who might be receptive to the idea. And, of course, there’s a triple whammy here. Either sell them the Mark, pick up business as a tax preparer (payment by bank transfer only, nothing in kind thank you very much) or dob them into HMRC for non-payment.
Trebles all round in fact.