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14 weird taxes across America (14 items)

By , Deseret News

March 2, 2014

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.

1 of 14. Bagel tax

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.

2 of 14. Pet tax

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.

3 of 14. Candy tax

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.

4 of 14. Flush tax

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.

5 of 14. Crack tax

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 However, in 2009, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that the crack tax was unconstitutional and repealed it.
1. I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT,
March 3, 2014

Erik Raymond,

Did you forget to add Utah's?

2. toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT,
March 3, 2014

Death and taxes: Over centuries nothing has changed in that regard.

3. Hutterite
American Fork, UT,
March 3, 2014

One that's always bothered me is the 'battery recycling tax' (fee, levy, call it what you will...) that some municipalities tack on rental cars. At no time in the rental process do I take ownership or disposition responsibility of the battery. And how many times does this tax have to be paid? It's only a few bucks but could add up to more than the cost of the battery over the rental life of that vehicle. It's just a plain old cash grab.