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6 Strange New Taxes That May Be Headed Your Way

sugar-sweetened beverage  soda  drink taxBy CHERYL LOCK

It's tax time!

And while you're busy scrambling to get together your return for this year, a new Time article points out six new (incredibly strange) taxes that may be coming your way in the very near future.

A few have even already passed.

Take a look at some of the ideas:

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Cities with the Lowest Tax Rates

The total amount of tax you pay reaches far beyond what you owe the federal government. Depending on where you live, most likely you're required to pay additional taxes, including property and sales tax. The disparity between the amount of tax you pay in a low-tax city and that in a high-tax city can be dramatic. Living in any of these 10 cities could save you a bundle, although the exact amount may fluctuate based on your income and lifestyle choices.

Cities with the Highest Tax Rates

Much ado is made in the press about federal tax brackets, but cities can carry a tax bite of their own. Even if you live in a state that has no income tax, your city may levy a variety of taxes that could eat away the entire benefit of living in an income tax-free state, including property taxes, sales taxes and auto taxes. Consider all the costs before you move to one of these cities, and understand that rates may change based on your family's income level.

Great Ways to Get Charitable Tax Deductions

Generally, when you give money to a charity, you can use the amount of that donation as a deduction on your tax return. However, not all charities qualify as tax-deductible organizations. While there are many types of charities, they must all meet certain criteria to be classified by the IRS as tax-deductible organizations. There are legitimate tax-deductible organizations in many popular categories, such as those listed below.

A Freelancer's Guide to Taxes

Freelancing certainly has its benefits, but it can result in a few complications come tax time. The Internal Revenue Service considers freelancers to be self-employed, so if you earn income as a freelancer you must file your taxes as a business owner. While you can take additional deductions if you are self-employed, you'll also face additional taxes in the form of the self-employment tax. Here are things to consider as a freelancer when filing your taxes.

Tax Deductions for Voluntary Interest Payments on Student Loans

Most taxpayers who pay interest on student loans can take a tax deduction for the expense ? and you can do this regardless of whether you itemize tax deductions on your return. The rules for claiming the deduction are the same whether the interest payments were required or voluntary.

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I have a strange idea. Why don't we stop paying ex-politicians huge pensions, stop giving stuff to all the illegals, stop giving military equipment and money to our enemies and stop wasting money on pork barrel projects? Then we could cut taxes instead of coming up with new ones.

March 09 2013 at 12:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

every day this country is becoming more and more disgusting!!!!

March 08 2013 at 7:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I remember back when we had energy shortage, where every one and all companies were to turn off their lights when not in use, now we have developed the hybrid vehicles that get better gas mileage, and energy deficient appliances. Now, with all this energy saved, the government wants to start charging for the number of miles you drive because tax revenue is down on gasoline. And the utility companies wants increases because we are not using as much electricity. Goodness, all this saving on energy, what was the use?

March 08 2013 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I like the Idea of taxing Electric cars and bikes....

March 08 2013 at 12:48 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

gawd forbid these rectal sphincters briefly explain obummer care and the IRS involvement and of course the increased costs of health INSURANCE.
or how those obummer phones ARE PAID FOR--
nah,waste time with bs and these same taxes are already out here and HAVE BEEN already.

March 08 2013 at 12:46 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Tax their land, tax their wage, tax the bed in which they lay.
Tax their tractor, tax their mule, teach them taxes are the rule.
Tax their cow, tax their goat, tax their pants, tax their coat.
Tax their ties, tax their shirts, tax their work tax their dirt.
Tax their chew, tax their smoke, teach them taxes are no joke.
Tax their car, tax their grass, tax the roads they must pass.
Tax their food, tax their drink, tax them if they try to think.
Tax their sodas, tax their beers, if they cry tax their tears.
Tax their bills, tax their gas, tax their notes, tax their cash.
Tax them good, and let them know, that after taxes they have no dough.
If they holler, tax them more, tax them till they’re good and sore.
Tax their coffin, tax their grave, tax the sod in which they lay.
Put these words upon their tomb: “Taxes drove them to their doom!”
And when they’re gone, we won’t relax, we’ll still be after their inheritance tax.

March 08 2013 at 11:45 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply