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The World Celebrates As Nevada Passes “Burning Man Tax”

The magical festival that magically escaped state tax must now pay.

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Every year, over 60,000 people come to Burning Man for reasons that scientists have yet to understand. Tickets to this communal festival of radical self-expression hover around $390, and place a big drain on state resources. So Nevada decided to take action and impose a 9% tax on all of the state’s large-ticket events, including Burning Man and The Electric Daisy Carnival. Festival organizers are not pleased.

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I was in a bar that was built that Monday and would vanish by Sunday. Both myself and the man in the top hat were covered in a fine patina of dust, a gift from an afternoon wind and millions of years of mountains melting into four hundred square miles of impossibly flat dry lakebed—the Playa, a fractured alkali hard-pack, the desiccated void from which a strange mirage rises for one week a year. This was Burning Man.

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