Burning Man is getting taxed for the first time ever


Heads up, Burning Man fans: Your tickets to the annual out-of-this-world desert shindig might be about to get more expensive.

Lawmakers eliminated loopholes in Nevada’s live entertainment tax, which previously allowed festivals like Burning Man escape any government-mandated fees, Bloomberg reports. The tax was originally targeted at cabaret performances and burlesque dancing.

A 9% charge will now be added on tickets for festivals like Burning Man and the Electric Daisy Carnival, which both cost about $400 a pop. The tax will also apply to “pickup fees” for escort services, though prostitutes at Nevada’s 24 legal brothels don’t fall under this new levy group.

“There’s no better venue in the world than Southern Nevada to conduct an event like Electric Daisy Carnival and there’s no better place than the desert of Northern Nevada for an event like Burning Man,” State Senator Mark Lipparelli, a Las Vegas Republican who sponsored the…

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