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Dancers Protest Washington 'Dance Tax'

State tax codes are packed with weird tax laws that subject consumers and businesses to taxes on everything from hot air balloon rides to sliced bagels. Now taxpayers in Washington state are protesting one such law through the healing power of dance.

The tax law in question was put on the books in the 1960s, and says that any business that offers customers the "opportunity" to dance will be subject to a tax. According to ABC News, many Washington businesses complain of arbitrary enforcement of the statute. The state legislature is considering a repeal.

So on Monday, taxpayers descended on the state Capitol in Olympia, Wash., to protest the law with various dance moves. ABC News reports that the flamenco, salsa, tango and conga line all made appearances during the spirited protest.

But Washington's is hardly the only strange tax law on the books: Check out the slide show below for some truly odd revenue-generating statutes:

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lambsarty

Shows one just how stupid our politicans were even then what a waste of laws.

April 06 2013 at 8:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Buckingham's

WHAT kind of crap is this? More and more, these corrupt lawmakers are thinking up ways to gouge the American people, and the citizens of Washington state. Lighten up!

April 05 2013 at 7:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply