Most Ridiculous US Taxes

Posted on: February 10th, 2011 by

Ridiculous Taxes - Rockville, MD CPAThink things can be as easy as a simple flat tax?  Think again.  Legislators never seem to make things that easy – they complicate as many things as they can.  So, in an effort to give you a break from your boring taxes, here are a few of some of the most ridiculous taxes across the country.

Arkansas: Pet Grooming Tax

Among the services that the state subjects to the 6% sales tax are body piercing, gutter cleaning, and pet grooming.

California:  Ottoman Empire Victims’ Exemption

If you were persecuted between 1915 and 1923, you get a tax exemption.

Hawaii:  Tree Deduction

If your tree was approved by an arborist advisory committee and you get the right notarial stamp, you are eligible for a $3000 deduction.

Maryland: Oyster Break

Maryland offers what is called the aquaculture float credit, which is available to people who harvest oysters, but not any other shellfish.  Strange.  Why not crabs or mussels?

New Jersey: Helping Families

You get a break if you spend more than $35.64 on family leave insurance.

New York: Haunted House Tax

Musical comedies, operas, and chamber music are exempt from the sales tax.  But, not a Halloween show with music, if the admission charge exceeds 10 cents.  Why this discrimination against ghouls and goblins?

South Carolina: Aid For Deceased Deer

You get $50 off your taxes if your deer carcass helps the needy.  I guess if you hit a deer in South Carolina, just remember to bring it with you and donate it.



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