[Dixielandjazz] The stupidity of it all is amazing.
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TCASHWIGG at aol.com
Sat Mar 12 10:33:19 PST 2005
And we are the country founded by folks trying to escape the TAX MAN
apparently we have not come a long way baby, they brought him with them. In
California we pay tax to breathe clean air that you can't cut with a chain saw on some
days in some places. We also pay tax to put ingredients into gasoline that
are known to pollute the environment and cause cancer by the same folks who put
the clean air tax on the books, Once they get one on they never seem to get it
off. I say enough already. I see another Revolution coming and it is long
Jeers, to them all, we should only have to pay SinTax, :)) That would still
get them more money than they need.
Rev. Tom- Bob Don't tax my religion
"First Church of Keep the Money"
February 22, 2005: 12:09 PM EST
By Jeanne Sahadi and Les Christie, CNN/Money writers
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - History is littered with odd tax schemes. William Pitt
the Younger introduced a tax on windows in Britain. Peter the Great taxed
souls, and Nero, urine.
Let no man say that we here in America cannot compete for oddity of tax laws.
We have some really weird assessments on the books.
In certain states and cities, you'll pay special taxes for buying a deck of
cards, possessing illegal drugs, and, possibly, buying things from naked
Here are a dozen peculiar state and local taxes, as noted by tax information
publisher CCH Inc. and the Tax Foundation, a nonprofit tax policy research
Illegal drug tax: On Jan. 1, Tennessee became the latest of 23 states to
institute a tax for possession of illegal drugs. Usually, you have to be in
possession of a minimum quantity, say over 42.5 grams of marijuana in North
Carolina, to be subject to the tax.
In Tennessee, when you acquire an illegal drug (even "moonshine"), you have
48 hours to report to the Department of Revenue and pay your tax, in exchange
for which you'll receive stamps to affix to your illegal substance. The stamps
serve as evidence you paid the tax on the illegal product.
Don't worry that you might get in trouble for admitting you have enough drugs
to fuel a rave party for years. You need not provide identification to get
the stamps and it's illegal for revenue employees to rat you out.
Still, next door in North Carolina, which has had a similar law for 15 years,
only 79 folks have voluntarily come forward since 1990, according to the
Department of Revenue. Most were thought to be stamp collectors, or perhaps just
high. Another 72,000 were taxed after they were already busted.
North Carolina has collected $78.3 million thus far, almost all from those
arrested and found without stamps.
Flush tax: In 2004, Maryland began charging homeowners and businesses for
producing wastewater. The funds will be used to help protect Chesapeake Bay
Maryland will add $2.50 a month to the sewer bills of residents hooked up to
treatment systems. It will also assess an annual charge of $30 to homeowners
with their own septic systems, even though many believe these residents add
little to the stream of pollutants that have damaged the Chesapeake.
Virginia appears poised to enact a similar flush tax of $1 a week per
Sex sales tax: Sin got pricier in Utah last July, when owners of sexually
explicit businesses where "nude or partially nude individuals perform any
service" began paying a 10 percent sales and use tax on admission and user fees as
well as the sales of merchandise, food, drink, and services.
That would be on top of the 4.75 percent sales tax the state already imposes
on most transactions, sexually explicit or not. Not that the measure will
raise much money. So far only one or two businesses in staid Utah are actually
wild enough to be subjected to the tax.
Jock tax: This is a tax on income earned by athletes, entertainers (OK, not
just jocks), and their various entourages, including non-athletic or
non-performer employees. Generally, any money player or performer earns while playing in
that particular city or state gets taxed.
California levied the first jock tax in 1991, on athletes from Chicago, right
after the Chicago Bulls beat the L.A. Lakers. (Chicago quickly responded in
kind.) Today, most states with a professional sports team impose a jock tax.
William Ahern, of the Tax Foundation, said a DC United soccer player received
tax forms from 10 different states. The player was no Alex Rodriguez. "The
guy makes $26,000 a year," says Ahearn. "The jock taxes he owed varied from $200
Sparkler and novelties tax: In West Virginia, businesses selling sparklers
and novelties pay a special fee on top of the state's 6 percent sales tax. The
novelties, according to the West Virginia State Tax Department's information
sheet on sparklers and novelties, include: Explosive caps designed to be fired
in toy pistols; snake and glow worms and; trick noisemakers which produce a
small report designed to surprise the user.
Playing card tax: If you want a deck of cards in Alabama, be prepared to
shell out an extra dime. The state government has levied 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.
Blueberry tax: Like fresh, wild blueberries? If they come from Maine, you may
be paying a bit of a premium. Anyone who grows, purchases, sells, handles or
processes the fruit in the state is subject to a penny-and-a-half-per-pound
Wagering tax: Speaking of cards – and bets – most people know they have to
pay tax on their gambling winnings. But some places, including Pennsylvania,
West Virginia, Illinois, and Oklahoma, exact a wagering tax on casino or track
owners, whether you gamble or not. It can get passed onto customers through the
cost of casino amusements.
Illinois forces casinos to charge a $2 admission price, which is essentially
a tax since it must be remitted to the city and state.
Fur clothing tax: Keeping comfy during Minnesota winters can cost you.
Businesses in the state must 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 valuable material.
Most types of clothing in Minnesota are sales-tax-free, so if you want to
keep warm switch to "leather, suede, or other animal skins where the hair, fleece
or fur fiber is completely removed," as the Minnesota Department of Revenue
Fur Clothing Tax instructions form puts it,
Fountain soda drink tax: This one hails from Chicago. If you buy a "fountain
soda drink," you'll pay a 9 percent tax. If you buy the same soda in a bottle
or a can, you'll only pay 3 percent.
Amusement tax: Ever wondered about the extra tax you pay on stadium seats?
That's the amusement tax, often levied at both city and state levels. Most
states, including Massachusetts, Virginia, and Maryland, and cities like New
Orleans, have amusement taxes on tickets sold at any venue with more than 750 to
Amusing, isn't it?
Tattoo tax: As of last July, anyone in Arkansas wanting to get a eagle etched
on their abs or a nose ring notched in their nostrils will have to pay an
additional 6 percent, as the state included tattooing and body piercing in its
list of services subject to sales taxes. Electrolysis treatments count, too.
To make this a baker's dozen, we'll throw in a freebie: Tennessee imposes a
litigation tax. The tax varies with the offense, with the cheapest being $1 for
a metered parking violation.
No sum is too small for the tax man.
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