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Alabama House Committee Passes 'Porn Tax'

| by Sean Kelly

The Alabama House Ways and Means Committee reportedly passed a “porn tax” last week in a 10-4 vote on Sept. 9.

The 40 percent state excise tax, which was passed in an effort to fill a major budget shortfall in the state, will be levied on gross receipts from the sale or rental of pornographic media, WKRG reported. Forms of pornographic media that will taxed include magazines, videos and online rentals. 

“Basically says that any entertainment product that’s adult in nature, that you have to be over 18 to purchase, would have an excise tax like cigarettes and tobacco do,” Alabama Republican Jack Williams, who proposed the tax, told WIAT.

The tax is now headed to the House floor for a vote, and it will be amongst several bills proposed to help close the state’s budget gap.

Sources: WKRG, ATR

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