The Tax Man Cometh

Ah yes, another April 15th is upon us.  If you are anything like me, nothing gives you more joy than writing a big check to the IRS.  Good times.

Crazy Taxes Paid by Americans Around the Country  by Roni Deutch

Illegal Drug Possession

11 states in this country, including North Carolina and Nevada, tax citizens on possession of illegal drugs. After acquiring an illegal substance in North Carolina you are supposed to go to the Department of Revenue and pay a tax on it. In exchange, you will receive a stamp to affix to your drug which serves as evidence that a tax was paid.

Profit from Illegal Drug Dealing

In addition to taxes on illegal drugs by many state governments, anyone who profits from the sale of illegal substances must claim the money as income on their federal tax returns. According to the IRS, “illegal income, such as money from dealing illegal drugs, must be included in your income on Form 1040, line 21, or on Schedule C or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) if from your self-employment activity.”

Nudity Tax

In the State of Utah, taxpayers that own businesses where “nude or partially nude individuals perform any service” have to pay a 10% sales and use tax. It applies to all revenue from admission fees as well as the sales of merchandise, food, drink and services. These expenses are paid by the business owners who likely pass along the additional costs to their customers.

Bribe Taxes

According to Page 87 of the IRS code, “if you receive a bribe, {you must} include it in your income.” But what are the odds that some one who accepts a bribe will be willing to pay taxes on it?

Card Tax

Anyone who purchases a deck of cards in the state of Alabama must pay a ten-cent “card tax.” However, the state law claims that the tax must be levied on the purchase of any deck containing “no more than 54 cards”. So if you want to avoid the tax you can look for a deck with an extra joker.

Jock Taxes

Multiple states and local governments assess a specific tax on the income earned by athletes, and the wages they pay to non-athletic employees such as personal assistants. California was the first state to levy a jock tax in 1991, but today most states with a professional sports team impose a jock tax.

Stolen Property Taxes

Page 90 – “If you steal property, you must report its fair market value in your income in the year you steal unless in the same year, you return it to its rightful owner.” Are there actually criminals out there stupid enough to go for this?

Blueberry Tax

If you live in Maine and love blueberries, you might be surprised to know that the state levies a tax on the blueberry industry. According to the law, anyone who grows, purchases, sells, handles or processes blueberries is subject to a $0.75 tax per pound.

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