posted at 00:50
Author Name: Pablo Fernando-Garcia
Womens theatre sells porn to bypass Spanish tax hike
With the sales tax on porn less than a fifth of that on plays, it allows them not only to keep ticket prices down but take a serious swipe at crisis-hit Spain's cultural policy. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative government raised sales tax on tickets to movies, plays and concerts from eight percent to 21 percent in September 2012 as part of its efforts to rein in the public deficit as unemployment rocketed. The sales tax on magazines remained at 4.0 percent. Audiences at cultural events have slumped since the sales tax hike, according to a study by the National Federation of Theatre and Dance Business Associations. The group wants the government to reduce the sales tax on theatre tickets to 10 percent, the same rate as in Italy, which is also under pressure to reduce its public deficit. The government argues the sales tax hike on theatre tickets is needed to balance the public accounts and has shown no sign that it is willing to lower it. The Primas De Riesgo theatre group vow to keep selling porn magazines until the government lowers the tax. "If the sales tax changes, we will suspend our campaign. If not, we will pursue this until the end," said Garantiva.

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