Tax Defense Network: Silly State Tax Laws
Tax Defense Network assumes all taxpayers understand that their income tax dollars go to receiving better services and boosting infrastructure, but over the years legislators have been introducing state and federal taxes to pay for these services that could be considered silly. Tax Defense Network looks at some of the silliest tax laws in various states of the U.S.
Tax Defense Network: Tax Exemption for Ottoman Empire Victims in California
Tax Defense Network found a California tax law, passed in 2000, enacted section 354.4, which states the California courts may entertain insurance claims of “Armenian Genocide Victim(s)” from 1875 to 1923.
That is understandable, but the twist comes in the definition of “Armenian Genocide Victim(s)”. According to the law, the definition is any person of Armenian or other ancestry living in the Ottoman Empire during 1915 to 1923, who died, was deported, or escaped to avoid persecution during that period.
If you were persecuted between 1915 and 1923, you get a tax exemption from the government, but if your tragedy missed the 1923 deadline, Tax Defense Network found you are not an “Armenian Genocide victim” and do not get any tax exemptions.
Tax Defense Network: Body Piercing Tax in Arkansas
Tax Defense Network uncovered changes to Arkansas’ sales tax rules, effective July 1, 2004, where services such as body piercing, laundry and dry cleaning, tattooing and electrolysis, pest control services, boat storage and docking, wrecker and towing services, security and alarm monitoring, self storage facilities, and pet grooming and kennel services have come under sales tax.
Body piercing, pet grooming and gutter cleaning is subject to 6% state sales tax. This is a perfect example of tragic-comedy.
Tax Defense Network unveiled that apart from silly sales tax rules, Arkansas also has weird personal property taxes. Selling a property in Arkansas will mean variation in local taxes based on the location of the seller’s business, giving the old real estate saying, “Location, location, location” a whole new meaning.
Tax Defense Network: Playing Card Tax in Alabama
Tax Defense Network found so many silly Alabama tax laws such as a cigar tax, motor fuel tax, cigarette tax, alcohol tax and playing card tax. Tax Defense Network had to delve further into one particular law because of its absurdity. Anyone who buys a deck of cards in Alabama has to pay taxes on it.
A pack of ‘no more than 54 cards’ is charged 10 cents in taxes. Every legitimate card deck has 52 cards and two jokers, so you are left with little option than to shell out the extra dime. However, the good news is that UNO lovers can sigh in relief because the law applies only to a 54-card deck or fewer.
When you do pay extra money and buy a deck, check if it includes a State Tax Stamp. If not, it becomes illegal to use the deck. There is no use objecting to this law because you will be told to go and buy your deck of cards from another state.
Tax Defense Network brings American taxpayers these silly tax laws that most of us overlook or fail to notice in our everyday purchases or yearly filings. These taxes are weird and unbelievable, but nevertheless have been confirmed to be on the law books. Tax Defense Network gives Americans points to consider so that taxpayers are more informed and thus more empowered.