OnlyFans star says they shouldn't have to pay tax because their work feels like a 'public service'
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Gold Coast-based Billie Beever, who won Best Female Porn Star at this year's Australian Adult Industry Choice Awards, is demanding the government be more lenient on OnlyFans content creators.
While there are plenty of models who boast about how much they're raking in every month on the X-rated platform, Billie says many don't have much left over after taxes.
“The more these girls talk about how much they're making, the less true it usually is," she told Yahoo!.
“Usually just half what they say they're making and that's closer to the truth, then half it again because of tax and OnlyFans' cut."
She added that online sex workers are open to receiving a slew of hate, with many trolls telling them to get a 'real job'.
“Every day we all get hate messages saying what we do isn't a real job, and we should go get a real job," she told the outlet.
"So if that's true and the public really think that, we shouldn't pay taxes then, especially when we pay so much more than most people."
"Also, why should we have to pay tax on our body parts if I choose to use them to make money?”
She added that OnlyFans often feels like 'a public service' and compared to 'charity work', especially when fulfilling customer demands.
Beever isn't the only model from the platform who has been complaining about paying taxes.
Several Australian stars have spoken out about the humungous bills they've received from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
Tasha Paige was hit with a $176,000 tax bill, while Kaila Smith couldn't believe her eyes when she was confronted with a five-figure bill.
An ATO spokesperson said they have been watching OnlyFans earnings like a hawk because it's a 'new industry'.
As a result, they're trying to work out what should be considered 'business expenses'.
"OnlyFans has been a hot topic for questions this tax time! Its a new industry and one we're watching to better understand, but the way we see tax deductions remains the same. We see Only Fans creators as businesses with operating expenses and deductions," they said.
The spokesperson went on to add hair, makeup, clothing, beauty procedures, and treatments could be tax deductible only when used in videos.
"It's always good to see people keeping fit and looking after their health but the gym equipment can only be claimed as a deduction when it's used in the videos," they continued.