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Lap dances are taxable, not art, N.Y. court rules

ALBANY, N.Y. — Lap dances are taxable because they do not promote culture in a community the way ballet or other artistic endeavors do, New York’s highest court concluded Tuesday in a sharply divided ruling.

The court split, 4-3, with the dissenting judges saying there is no distinction in state law between ‘‘highbrow dance and lowbrow dance,’’ so the case raises ‘‘significant constitutional problems.’’

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