Monday, June 23, 2008

Nessuna tassa senza rappresentazione

She's not taking this lying down:
A[n] Uruguayan prostitute working in Italy is refusing to pay taxes on her suspected earnings since she came to the country in 2004.

The woman, 32, was recently presented with a bill of 90,000 euros ($140,000) for undeclared income the Italian tax man has estimated at more than 350,000 euros ($550,000).

....She said she was determined to fight the case in the courts, arguing that she should not be expected to pay taxes for an often dangerous activity in which she had never been protected by the law.

''I've had to protect myself. No one listened to me when I asked for help. The police said they couldn't step in unless blood was shed. And now they're asking for taxes?''

The woman's lawyer said authorities should provide regulated and protected facilities for prostitution if they wanted to tax sex workers.

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