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Who says taxes aren’t funny? Tax Defense Network has exposed some of the silliest tax laws in the United States. State by state, Tax Defense Network uncovered confusing, unpopular, outdated, and just downright wacky tax laws that most taxpayers are unaware of.
Tax-Defense-Network-Tax-Laws.com Shares Silly State Tax Laws
Have you ever heard of a “jock tax”? What about a “crack tax”? Both of these taxes are a reality for taxpayers in some states. State legislators have tirelessly tried to keep individual and business income tax rates low, but have added weird taxes elsewhere (where most people do not notice the few extra pennies leaving their pocket).
The Nobel Prize Tax
To even be nominated for a Nobel Prize means that you have contributed something valuable to mankind for which you may be honored with this esteemed prize. This prize, as discovered by Tax Defense Network, is taxed by the IRS, if you are American. To be able to escape this tax, you must be willing to donate the prize to a charity or the government; they’ll allow you to decide.
Canada in 1885 decided that it could raise revenue by taxing the flood of Chinese immigrants that were coming to the country during the late 19th, early 20th centuries. Tax Defense Network was surprised that this tax stayed in place until 1923, but was even more surprised to find out why it was abolished: the Chinese government banned Chinese people from entering Canada at all. That’s one way to get your point across.
Tax-Defense-Network-Tax-Laws.com Explores Historical Tax Laws
Before you say to yourself, “Back in the old days, politicians never tried to implement so many taxes,” that is just not the case. Tax Defense Network researched tax laws dating back to colonial times, and it seems as if the tax man was just as creative at coming up with new tax laws as our modern politicians are today.
The Emancipation Tax
In Ancient Rome, newly freed slaves were required to pay a tax for finally becoming free men. The tax levied against them was 10 percent of their former price and needed to be paid once they were set free. As if this tax wasn’t wacky enough, Tax Defense Network also found if a slave owner decided to free his own slaves, he was subject to paying a 10 percent tax on each slave set free.
The Window Tax
In 1696, King William III passed a tax in England that taxed owners/occupiers of homes with a certain amount of windows. Not kidding. Tax Defense Network explains the two tiers of this “Daylight Robbery” tax. The first tier had a flat tax for standard houses, with the second tier fluctuating depending on the amount of windows the house had. For example, a house with 8 windows would only have to pay the flat tax of 2 shillings, but a house possessing 10 -20 windows would pay 4 shillings, and a house with 20 windows or above would pay 8 shillings. Wow!
Tax-Defense-Network-Tax-Laws: Silly Tax Laws Uncovered
Tax Defense Network gives the details on the latest tax laws in the United States. Read more to find out which states have these taxes on the law books, and what politician you will need to call to ask, WTF?