Brothels in Nevada and a few live entertainment events have escaped being taxed over the years, but a new bill to be introduced on Wednesday would propose an 8% tax on them.
It was proposed by Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick (D-North Las Vegas) who aims to target events and businesses that have been exempt or overlooked.
Many of these businesses include brothels, as Nevada lawmakers have often been hesitant to tax them out of fear that they would be legitimizing a stigmatized trade.
Other operations include outdoor concerts, boxing matches, and events like the Burning Man festival.
"We want to make sure everyone is contributing," Senate Revenue Committee Chairman Ruben Kihuen, (D-Las Vegas), said. "They should pay something. Constituents of ours are making them profitable."
But George Flint, director of the Nevada Brothel Association, is fearful that many brothels could not handle an 8% tax, and proposed a $5 entrance fee instead.
For Burning Man attendees, the tax ups the price of an already costly $380 ticket. Though Nevada has a 5% live entertainment tax, Burning Man is one of several that do not have any tax charges.