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Subject:  Re: Strippers employees or not Date:  2/7/2013  10:08 AM
Author:  JeanDavid Number:  117663 of 127753

I wonder if the strippers were reporting all their tips on the 1040 Schedule C and deducting the "space rental".

I have a friend who was in that line of work for a while. I do not know what she did with her taxes.

I do know that such workers were not considered employees by the establishments where they worked. In particular, they were not paid even minimum wage. They were not paid at all. They had to pay something like $75/night for the privilege of working there. So no W-2. No 1099. Nothing. Their income depended on their tips. They were required to have a license that cost $100/year. This legally allowed her to work in any number of establishments, which was important because they were never allowed to work full time. But the first employer seized the license and kept the licenses in his safe to safeguard them. So the girls had to get multiple licenses. It is a rotten business to be in, not because I see anything inherently bad in doing that kind of work, but because of the sleazy ethics of those who run it.

And making tips was problematical. If you were closer than some distance from a customer, you had to keep all your clothes on. Somewhat farther away, you could have most of them off. You could not have them all off. But if you obeyed the law, your tips were lousy. To survive, you had to break the law. But if you got caught, you got arrested and fined, so you lost your $75 fee for working there and who would pay your baby sitter? They got very good at recognizing plain-clothed policemen and acted accordingly.
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