Australia’s “best” adult entertainer has lashed out at those who claim her X-rated profession isn’t a “real” job — arguing if that’s the case, porn stars “shouldn’t have to pay tax.”
Billie Beever, who won Best Female Porn Star at this year’s Australian Adult Industry Choice Awards, said she’s often on the receiving end of online abuse, with many stating her line of work isn’t professional.
However, the 30-year-old single mother has cheekily clapped back, telling news.com.au that the explicit content she makes for her subscribers is “charity work.”
“I’m constantly being told what I do isn’t a real job and [that] I ‘need to get a real job,’ so if that’s what the general public think, then why should us OnlyFans creators and sex workers be paying 10 times more tax than they all are with their regular jobs?” she said.
“Getting told this isn’t a real job frustrates the living hell out of me. They don’t realize it’s real money, real time, real marketing, real bills.
“So much more goes into this than ‘making a move’ — that’s honestly 10 percent of the work behind it.”
She went on to question those who say her profession isn’t legitimate, reasoning: “If I don’t have ‘real job,’ then why am I [paying] ‘real taxes’?
“Now people want to say, ‘You should pay tax like every other person who has a job in Australia’ … it’s like, hold on a minute, didn’t you say I don’t have a real job? The public are now contradicting themselves.”
Beever supported her argument in a series of tongue-in-cheek Instagram Stories on Monday.
“I do believe that we shouldn’t have to pay tax because you guys all say, ‘Well, OnlyFans isn’t a real job, you should get a real job,’” she said.
“It’s like, so what do I pay my taxes with, Monopoly money?
“My charity work will continue.”
The raunchy influencer, who has 186,000 followers on Instagram, made her comments after a representative for the ATO explained what adult entertainers are allowed to claim at tax time.
“It’s a new industry and one we’re watching to better understand, but the way we see tax deductions remains the same,” the comment, made on the ATO Community board, read.
“We see OnlyFans creators as businesses with operating expenses and deductions.”
One woman who was slugged with a huge tax bill after earning a fortune on the subscription site was Tasha Paige, who had to pay $176,000.
“My tax bill is actually $150,000 for the last 12 months … not including the $26,000 I need to pay on top of that for GST because apparently my body is an object — that’s why I have to pay GST,” she said in a viral TikTok video last month.
Paige said she was particularly upset by the bill because she didn’t feel her sex worker industry is respected enough by the government.
“The fact that that money is going to a government that doesn’t even recognize sex work as real work,” she vented.
Paige also stated that the money she was paying probably wasn’t going to anything she actually “supported.”
“If I don’t laugh, I’ll cry,” she said.
The creator also added that despite her horror, she was prepared for the bill, and she was certain there wasn’t an error.
“My accountant has cross-checked everything,” she promised.