Resources for sex-worker personal finance?
December 19, 2012 8:29 PM   Subscribe

I am looking for resources-- websites, organizations, books-- on personal and business finance for sex-workers. Topics of interest include paying taxes, dealing with untaxed past income, transporting and storing cash, general and accounting. California or Florida, if that matters. Anon email:
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I don't know the answer but I'm very interested in this field, too.

This is probably a stupid question, but have you connected to COYOTE on their facebook page? They seem to have a lot of resources.

You might want to ask the mods to add a throw-away email address to this.
posted by small_ruminant at 9:04 PM on December 19, 2012

It's going to depend on what sort of sex work you're interested. Filming pornography is legal in San Fernando and is taxed much like regular film work. The performers are "contractors" and will deal with their taxes the way any other contractor will. Get yourself a good sex industry friendly accountant and they should be able to help. Ask around the set, especially crew and other support staff.

As for street workers and escorts, check out what the relevant advocacy groups have to say. Frankly, if you're planning to get into sex work it's worth talking to them anyway for other matters of practicality, like cash transport and whatnot.

To the best of my knowledge you can always dicker around as an unspecified "contractor" or "consultant", but honestly unless the jurisdiction in question has legal sex work you're paying tax on the proceeds of crime. Sucks, I know, and it's one of the things folk in the industry have been pushing for in terms of legalization.
posted by Jilder at 4:09 AM on December 20, 2012

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