“Porn Tax” Passes Through Alabama House Committee

Pornographic material and adult entertainment might be getting a lot more expensive in the state of Alabama.

The Alabama House Ways and Means Committee passed the proposed “porn tax” in a 10-4 vote on Wednesday as lawmakers rush to fill a massive budget shortfall.

In addition to any other applicable taxes, a 40% state excise tax will be levied on gross receipts from the sale, rental or admission charges of pornographic material.

The tax will apply to any and all forms of pornographic or sexually explicit content purchased in the state of Alabama, including, but not limited to, pornographic magazines, adult videos, and online adult rentals.

Jack Williams, a Republican from Vestavia Hills, proposed the new tax.

“Basically says that any entertainment product that’s adult in nature, that you have to be over 18 to purchase, would have an excise tax like cigarettes and tobacco do,” explained Williams to WIAT. He says it’s part of the package to close the gap and keep essential services funded.

The “porn tax” bill now heads to the Alabama House for a floor vote.  The bill will be among several others, including the much-discussed cigarette tax, being leaned upon to close Alabama’s budget gap.

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