Taxes, by some people’s standards, are an inconvenient necessity to run the operations of government. Most don’t want to fork over their hard-earned money, but they realize that without it, the government may not be able to function.
Most taxes are logical and reasonable, but the following are down right weird.
You may want to hold off on getting your bagel sliced and toasted in New York because if you do, you are subject to an extra 8 cent tax. This tax is imposed on all "altered" bagels, including bagels that are cut or served with toppings.
In Durham County, N.C., you have to declare your pet as personal property so that you can be taxed. The tax: $10 for a neutered or spayed pet and $75 for one that is not.
The definition of candy excludes those that use flour as an ingredient in the state of Illinois. Candies like movie-favorite Whoppers are not taxed because they include flour in the ingredients, while Swedish Fish are taxed.
If you live in Maryland, you would be taxed an extra $60 per year for the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fee. Known as the flush tax, this was added to help protect the Chesapeake Bay.
Tennessee used to enforce a tax on illegal substances that drug dealers could report without fear of prosecution. In 2007, the state collected an astounding $1.5 million from this tax. However, in 2009, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that the crack tax was unconstitutional and repealed it.
If you’re a parent of a toddler, you know the importance of diapers. However, if you live in Connecticut you’ll be paying a tax on these fluffy lifesavers. But don’t worry, they have a tax holiday once a year — stock up.
Colorado has a tax on “non essential” food packaging items. So, while you won’t pay a tax on paper plates and plastic forks for your party, you will for the napkins.
Alabama is the only state that taxes you for buying a deck of cards. For each deck you purchase, you pay 10 cents extra.
December might be the season of Santa Claus and mistletoe, but in Texas, it's also the season of additional taxes. For example, just about all decorative Christmas greens — like wreaths and poinsettias — are taxed and you may have to throw in something extra for a tree decorating service. The list of Christmas taxes is extensive.
Arkansas implemented a six percent tax on tattoos. Even if you want to be patriotic and bring joy to Uncle Sam by getting an American flag, you still have to fork over the dough.
In Maine, wild blueberry production is a vital agricultural industry. It is so important that they have implemented a penny and a half tax per pound of blueberries. Apparently this small amount keeps the business alive.
In Kansas, you have to pay taxes on hot air balloon rides. Tethered balloons are taxed, but those that roam free are not because they are considered a legitimate form of transportation.
Fresh fruit is exempt from sales tax in California, but if you buy it out of a vending machine, then it is not; a 33 percent tax is added. Lesson: always buy your fruit fresh.
In over 40 states, there is a tax on “traveling professionals,” more commonly known as professional athletes. They must pay if they receive an “economic nexus.” Hey, they can afford it, right?