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America's Most Bizarre Taxes

AMERICA'S MOST BIZARRE TAXES In this world, nothing can be certain, except death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin 2009 to Present CANDY TAX Chicago, Illinois Chicagonians started to rethink buying candy. Not for health reasons, but because it is taxed at 5 times the rate of food. What's even stranger is the law's definition of candy, which does not include items that contain flour and require refrigeration. 1991 to Present JOCK TAX Over 40 States California levied the first jock tax in 1991, on athletes from Chicago, which many attribute to the basketball rivalry between the two cities at the time. The colloquial expression refers to the tax traveling business professionals must pay to every state where they earn income or have an "economic nexus." The amount of tax paid depends on a number of variables, including the number of days the person worked in the taxing state (called "duty" days) as well as the worker's annual income. 91 2005 to CRACK TAX 3 Tennessee Drug dealers were subjected to taxes on the sale of illegal substances. The tax was levied per gram of illegal drugs: $3.50 for marijuana, $50 for cocaine, and $200 for meth and crack cocaine. Dealers were to pay anonymously at the state revenue office. 1995 to Present SPARKLER AND NOVELTY 4 REGISTRATION FEE Tennessee An annual $15 fee applies to business owners who sell a detailed list of items, of which are most commonly purchased on the fourth of July. i.e. sparkling devices and trick noise makers. 2005 to Present FLUSH TAX Maryland Homeowners and business are charged for producing wastewater, specifically $2.50 a month to the sewer bills of residents hooked up to treatment systems and an annual charge of $30 to homeowners with their own septic systems. 2004 to Present SEX SALES TAX Utah XXX Owners of sexually explicit business where, "nude or partially nude individuals perform any service" must pay an additional 10% sales and use taxes on admissions and the sale of food and merchandise. 1975 to Present PLAYING CARD TAX Maryland The state government levies a 10-cent tax on the purchase of a playing deck that contains "no more than 54 cards," plus the retailer must pay an annual license tax of $3 and a fee of $1, according to the Alabama Department of Revenue. 1997 to Present BLUEBERRY TAX Maine Enjoy blueberries? If they come from Maine, be prepared to pay extra. Anyone who grows, purchases, sells, handles or processes the fruit in the state is subject to a penny-and-a-half-per-pound tax. Present FUR COAT TAX Minnesota pay a 6.5 percent tax on the total amount received for the sale, shipping, and finance charges associated with the purchase of clothing in which fur accounts for three times more of the garment than the next most Animal lovers are all smiles with this tax. Businesses in the state must valuable material. 2009 to Present FOUNTAIN SODA DRINK TAX 10 Chicago, Illinois A strange tax from our friends in the windy city. If you buy a fountain soda drink you'll pay 9% sales tax, but if you buy the same drink in a bottle or can, you'll only pay 3%. to 2002 Present TATTOO TAX 11 Arkansas Tattoo enthusiasts probably weren't jumping when the state imposed an additional 6% sales tax on tattooing and body piercing. And yes, you still have to pay the tax even if your tattoo is of the American flag. МOм 2009 to Present FRESH FRUIT VENDING MACHINE TAX 12 California Fresh fruit is tax-exempt in California, unless it is bought from a vending machine where it is taxed at 33% of the price. 2009 to Present PET TAX 13 North Carolina Residents of Durham must list their pets as personal property so that a tax can be collected. The tax - $10 if a pet has been spayed or neutered, $75 if it is unaltered - only applies to county residents who own cats and dogs four months and older. SPOT 2010 to Present BAGEL TAX 14 New York Bagel lovers beware. Bagels that have been prepared (that is to say, sliced) are subject to an additional sales tax of roughly eight cents per bagel. Better buy your bagels whole and slice them at home. 2008 to Present LITIGATION TAX New York Lawsuits are generally expensive. To add a little insult to injury, an additional tax of $25 is levied against those involved in criminal and civil court proceedings. TurboTax Choose Easy. The Tax Foundation | money.cnn.com | CA State Board of Equalization WRAL.com | nbenewyork.com | Chattanooga Times Free Press Sources: ATE AMERICA'S MOST BIZARRE TAXES In this world, nothing can be certain, except death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin 2009 to Present CANDY TAX Chicago, Illinois Chicagonians started to rethink buying candy. Not for health reasons, but because it is taxed at 5 times the rate of food. What's even stranger is the law's definition of candy, which does not include items that contain flour and require refrigeration. 1991 to Present JOCK TAX 2 Over 40 States California levied the first jock tax in 1991, on athletes from Chicago, which many attribute to the basketball rivalry between the two cities at the time. The colloquial expression refers to the tax traveling business professionals must pay to every state where they earn income or have an "economic nexus." The amount of tax paid depends on a number of variables, including the number of days the person worked in the taxing state (called "duty" days) as well as the worker's annual income. 91 2005 to CRACK TAХ 3 Tennessee Drug dealers were subjected to taxes on the sale of illegal substances. The tax was levied per gram of illegal drugs: $3.50 for marijuana, $50 for cocaine, and $200 for meth and crack cocaine. Dealers were to pay anonymously at the state revenue office. 1995 to Present SPARKLER AND NOVELTY 4 REGISTRATION FEE Tennessee An annual $15 fee applies to business owners who sell a detailed list of items, of which are most commonly purchased on the fourth of July. i.e. sparkling devices and trick noise makers. 2005 to Present FLUSH TAX 5 Maryland Homeowners and business are charged for producing wastewater, specifically $2.50 a month to the sewer bills of residents hooked up to treatment systems and an annual charge of $30 to homeowners with their own septic systems. 2004 to Present SEX SALES TAX 6 Utah XXX Owners of sexually explicit business where, "nude or partially nude individuals perform any service" must pay an additional 10% sales and use taxes on admissions and the sale of food and merchandise. 1975 to Present PLAYING CARD TAX Maryland 7 The state government levies a 10-cent tax on the purchase of a playing deck that contains "no more than 54 cards," plus the retailer must pay an annual license tax of $3 and a fee of $1, according to the Alabama Department of Revenue. 1997 to Present BLUEBERRY TAX 8 Maine Enjoy blueberries? If they come from Maine, be prepared to pay extra. Anyone who grows, purchases, sells, handles or processes the fruit in the state is subject to a penny-and-a-half-per-pound tax. Pro to FUR COAT TAX 9 Minnesota pay a 6.5 percent tax on the total amount received for the sale, shipping, and finance charges associated with the purchase of clothing in which fur accounts for three times more of the garment than the next most Animal lovers are all smiles with this tax. Businesses in the state must valuable material. 2009 to Present FOUNTAIN SODA DRINK TAX 10 Chicago, Illinois A strange tax from our friends in the windy city. If you buy a fountain soda drink you'll pay 9% sales tax, but if you buy the same drink in a bottle or can, you'll only pay 3%. to 2002 Present ТАTTOO TAХ 11 Arkansas Tattoo enthusiasts probably weren't jumping when the state imposed an additional 6% sales tax on tattooing and body piercing. And yes, you still have to pay the tax even if your tattoo is of the American flag. MOM 2009 to Present FRESH FRUIT VENDING MACHINE TAX 12 California Fresh fruit is tax-exempt in California, unless it is bought from a vending machine where it is taxed at 33% of the price. 2009 to Present РET TAX 13 North Carolina Residents of Durham must list their pets as personal property so that a tax can be collected. The tax - $10 if a pet has been spayed or neutered, $75 if it is unaltered - only applies to county residents who own cats and dogs four months and older. SPOT 2010 to Present BAGEL TAX 14 New York Bagel lovers beware. Bagels that have been prepared (that is to say, sliced) are subject to an additional sales tax of roughly eight cents per bagel. Better buy your bagels whole and slice them at home. 2008 to Present LITIGATION TAX 15 New York Lawsuits are generally expensive. To add a little insult to injury, an additional tax of $25 is levied against those involved in criminal and civil court proceedings. TurboTax Choose Easy. The Tax Foundation | money.cnn.com | CA State Board of Equalization WRAL.com | nbenewyork.com | Chattanooga Times Free Press Sources: ATE AMERICA'S MOST BIZARRE TAXES In this world, nothing can be certain, except death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin 2009 to Present CANDY TAX Chicago, Illinois Chicagonians started to rethink buying candy. Not for health reasons, but because it is taxed at 5 times the rate of food. What's even stranger is the law's definition of candy, which does not include items that contain flour and require refrigeration. 1991 to Present JOCK TAX 2 Over 40 States California levied the first jock tax in 1991, on athletes from Chicago, which many attribute to the basketball rivalry between the two cities at the time. The colloquial expression refers to the tax traveling business professionals must pay to every state where they earn income or have an "economic nexus." The amount of tax paid depends on a number of variables, including the number of days the person worked in the taxing state (called "duty" days) as well as the worker's annual income. 91 2005 to CRACK TAХ 3 Tennessee Drug dealers were subjected to taxes on the sale of illegal substances. The tax was levied per gram of illegal drugs: $3.50 for marijuana, $50 for cocaine, and $200 for meth and crack cocaine. Dealers were to pay anonymously at the state revenue office. 1995 to Present SPARKLER AND NOVELTY 4 REGISTRATION FEE Tennessee An annual $15 fee applies to business owners who sell a detailed list of items, of which are most commonly purchased on the fourth of July. i.e. sparkling devices and trick noise makers. 2005 to Present FLUSH TAX 5 Maryland Homeowners and business are charged for producing wastewater, specifically $2.50 a month to the sewer bills of residents hooked up to treatment systems and an annual charge of $30 to homeowners with their own septic systems. 2004 to Present SEX SALES TAX 6 Utah XXX Owners of sexually explicit business where, "nude or partially nude individuals perform any service" must pay an additional 10% sales and use taxes on admissions and the sale of food and merchandise. 1975 to Present PLAYING CARD TAX Maryland 7 The state government levies a 10-cent tax on the purchase of a playing deck that contains "no more than 54 cards," plus the retailer must pay an annual license tax of $3 and a fee of $1, according to the Alabama Department of Revenue. 1997 to Present BLUEBERRY TAX 8 Maine Enjoy blueberries? If they come from Maine, be prepared to pay extra. Anyone who grows, purchases, sells, handles or processes the fruit in the state is subject to a penny-and-a-half-per-pound tax. Pro to FUR COAT TAX 9 Minnesota pay a 6.5 percent tax on the total amount received for the sale, shipping, and finance charges associated with the purchase of clothing in which fur accounts for three times more of the garment than the next most Animal lovers are all smiles with this tax. Businesses in the state must valuable material. 2009 to Present FOUNTAIN SODA DRINK TAX 10 Chicago, Illinois A strange tax from our friends in the windy city. If you buy a fountain soda drink you'll pay 9% sales tax, but if you buy the same drink in a bottle or can, you'll only pay 3%. to 2002 Present ТАTTOO TAХ 11 Arkansas Tattoo enthusiasts probably weren't jumping when the state imposed an additional 6% sales tax on tattooing and body piercing. And yes, you still have to pay the tax even if your tattoo is of the American flag. MOM 2009 to Present FRESH FRUIT VENDING MACHINE TAX 12 California Fresh fruit is tax-exempt in California, unless it is bought from a vending machine where it is taxed at 33% of the price. 2009 to Present РET TAX 13 North Carolina Residents of Durham must list their pets as personal property so that a tax can be collected. The tax - $10 if a pet has been spayed or neutered, $75 if it is unaltered - only applies to county residents who own cats and dogs four months and older. SPOT 2010 to Present BAGEL TAX 14 New York Bagel lovers beware. Bagels that have been prepared (that is to say, sliced) are subject to an additional sales tax of roughly eight cents per bagel. Better buy your bagels whole and slice them at home. 2008 to Present LITIGATION TAX 15 New York Lawsuits are generally expensive. To add a little insult to injury, an additional tax of $25 is levied against those involved in criminal and civil court proceedings. TurboTax Choose Easy. The Tax Foundation | money.cnn.com | CA State Board of Equalization WRAL.com | nbenewyork.com | Chattanooga Times Free Press Sources: ATE AMERICA'S MOST BIZARRE TAXES In this world, nothing can be certain, except death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin 2009 to Present CANDY TAX Chicago, Illinois Chicagonians started to rethink buying candy. Not for health reasons, but because it is taxed at 5 times the rate of food. What's even stranger is the law's definition of candy, which does not include items that contain flour and require refrigeration. 1991 to Present JOCK TAX 2 Over 40 States California levied the first jock tax in 1991, on athletes from Chicago, which many attribute to the basketball rivalry between the two cities at the time. The colloquial expression refers to the tax traveling business professionals must pay to every state where they earn income or have an "economic nexus." The amount of tax paid depends on a number of variables, including the number of days the person worked in the taxing state (called "duty" days) as well as the worker's annual income. 91 2005 to CRACK TAХ 3 Tennessee Drug dealers were subjected to taxes on the sale of illegal substances. The tax was levied per gram of illegal drugs: $3.50 for marijuana, $50 for cocaine, and $200 for meth and crack cocaine. Dealers were to pay anonymously at the state revenue office. 1995 to Present SPARKLER AND NOVELTY 4 REGISTRATION FEE Tennessee An annual $15 fee applies to business owners who sell a detailed list of items, of which are most commonly purchased on the fourth of July. i.e. sparkling devices and trick noise makers. 2005 to Present FLUSH TAX 5 Maryland Homeowners and business are charged for producing wastewater, specifically $2.50 a month to the sewer bills of residents hooked up to treatment systems and an annual charge of $30 to homeowners with their own septic systems. 2004 to Present SEX SALES TAX 6 Utah XXX Owners of sexually explicit business where, "nude or partially nude individuals perform any service" must pay an additional 10% sales and use taxes on admissions and the sale of food and merchandise. 1975 to Present PLAYING CARD TAX Maryland 7 The state government levies a 10-cent tax on the purchase of a playing deck that contains "no more than 54 cards," plus the retailer must pay an annual license tax of $3 and a fee of $1, according to the Alabama Department of Revenue. 1997 to Present BLUEBERRY TAX 8 Maine Enjoy blueberries? If they come from Maine, be prepared to pay extra. Anyone who grows, purchases, sells, handles or processes the fruit in the state is subject to a penny-and-a-half-per-pound tax. Pro to FUR COAT TAX 9 Minnesota pay a 6.5 percent tax on the total amount received for the sale, shipping, and finance charges associated with the purchase of clothing in which fur accounts for three times more of the garment than the next most Animal lovers are all smiles with this tax. Businesses in the state must valuable material. 2009 to Present FOUNTAIN SODA DRINK TAX 10 Chicago, Illinois A strange tax from our friends in the windy city. If you buy a fountain soda drink you'll pay 9% sales tax, but if you buy the same drink in a bottle or can, you'll only pay 3%. to 2002 Present ТАTTOO TAХ 11 Arkansas Tattoo enthusiasts probably weren't jumping when the state imposed an additional 6% sales tax on tattooing and body piercing. And yes, you still have to pay the tax even if your tattoo is of the American flag. MOM 2009 to Present FRESH FRUIT VENDING MACHINE TAX 12 California Fresh fruit is tax-exempt in California, unless it is bought from a vending machine where it is taxed at 33% of the price. 2009 to Present РET TAX 13 North Carolina Residents of Durham must list their pets as personal property so that a tax can be collected. The tax - $10 if a pet has been spayed or neutered, $75 if it is unaltered - only applies to county residents who own cats and dogs four months and older. SPOT 2010 to Present BAGEL TAX 14 New York Bagel lovers beware. Bagels that have been prepared (that is to say, sliced) are subject to an additional sales tax of roughly eight cents per bagel. Better buy your bagels whole and slice them at home. 2008 to Present LITIGATION TAX 15 New York Lawsuits are generally expensive. To add a little insult to injury, an additional tax of $25 is levied against those involved in criminal and civil court proceedings. TurboTax Choose Easy. The Tax Foundation | money.cnn.com | CA State Board of Equalization WRAL.com | nbenewyork.com | Chattanooga Times Free Press Sources: ATE AMERICA'S MOST BIZARRE TAXES In this world, nothing can be certain, except death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin 2009 to Present CANDY TAX Chicago, Illinois Chicagonians started to rethink buying candy. Not for health reasons, but because it is taxed at 5 times the rate of food. What's even stranger is the law's definition of candy, which does not include items that contain flour and require refrigeration. 1991 to Present JOCK TAX 2 Over 40 States California levied the first jock tax in 1991, on athletes from Chicago, which many attribute to the basketball rivalry between the two cities at the time. The colloquial expression refers to the tax traveling business professionals must pay to every state where they earn income or have an "economic nexus." The amount of tax paid depends on a number of variables, including the number of days the person worked in the taxing state (called "duty" days) as well as the worker's annual income. 91 2005 to CRACK TAХ 3 Tennessee Drug dealers were subjected to taxes on the sale of illegal substances. The tax was levied per gram of illegal drugs: $3.50 for marijuana, $50 for cocaine, and $200 for meth and crack cocaine. Dealers were to pay anonymously at the state revenue office. 1995 to Present SPARKLER AND NOVELTY 4 REGISTRATION FEE Tennessee An annual $15 fee applies to business owners who sell a detailed list of items, of which are most commonly purchased on the fourth of July. i.e. sparkling devices and trick noise makers. 2005 to Present FLUSH TAX 5 Maryland Homeowners and business are charged for producing wastewater, specifically $2.50 a month to the sewer bills of residents hooked up to treatment systems and an annual charge of $30 to homeowners with their own septic systems. 2004 to Present SEX SALES TAX 6 Utah XXX Owners of sexually explicit business where, "nude or partially nude individuals perform any service" must pay an additional 10% sales and use taxes on admissions and the sale of food and merchandise. 1975 to Present PLAYING CARD TAX Maryland 7 The state government levies a 10-cent tax on the purchase of a playing deck that contains "no more than 54 cards," plus the retailer must pay an annual license tax of $3 and a fee of $1, according to the Alabama Department of Revenue. 1997 to Present BLUEBERRY TAX 8 Maine Enjoy blueberries? If they come from Maine, be prepared to pay extra. Anyone who grows, purchases, sells, handles or processes the fruit in the state is subject to a penny-and-a-half-per-pound tax. Pro to FUR COAT TAX 9 Minnesota pay a 6.5 percent tax on the total amount received for the sale, shipping, and finance charges associated with the purchase of clothing in which fur accounts for three times more of the garment than the next most Animal lovers are all smiles with this tax. Businesses in the state must valuable material. 2009 to Present FOUNTAIN SODA DRINK TAX 10 Chicago, Illinois A strange tax from our friends in the windy city. If you buy a fountain soda drink you'll pay 9% sales tax, but if you buy the same drink in a bottle or can, you'll only pay 3%. to 2002 Present ТАTTOO TAХ 11 Arkansas Tattoo enthusiasts probably weren't jumping when the state imposed an additional 6% sales tax on tattooing and body piercing. And yes, you still have to pay the tax even if your tattoo is of the American flag. MOM 2009 to Present FRESH FRUIT VENDING MACHINE TAX 12 California Fresh fruit is tax-exempt in California, unless it is bought from a vending machine where it is taxed at 33% of the price. 2009 to Present РET TAX 13 North Carolina Residents of Durham must list their pets as personal property so that a tax can be collected. The tax - $10 if a pet has been spayed or neutered, $75 if it is unaltered - only applies to county residents who own cats and dogs four months and older. SPOT 2010 to Present BAGEL TAX 14 New York Bagel lovers beware. Bagels that have been prepared (that is to say, sliced) are subject to an additional sales tax of roughly eight cents per bagel. Better buy your bagels whole and slice them at home. 2008 to Present LITIGATION TAX 15 New York Lawsuits are generally expensive. To add a little insult to injury, an additional tax of $25 is levied against those involved in criminal and civil court proceedings. TurboTax Choose Easy. The Tax Foundation | money.cnn.com | CA State Board of Equalization WRAL.com | nbenewyork.com | Chattanooga Times Free Press Sources: ATE

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