- Days left

10 Weird Ways States Tax You (and Don't)

×
Tax forms a calculator and a pen showing the readiness to do ones taxes
Alamy
By David Muhlbaum

Funny thing about our federal system of government: There's that complicated tax code that Uncle Sam keeps and the IRS enforces. Then there's an even larger patchwork of taxation schemes crafted by 50 state legislatures, all coming up with new ways to extract coin from their citizenry.

Some of these tax regimens are, well, quirky. We've found ten of the strangest from across the land.



(Did we miss an odd tax unique to your state? Look for the e-mail address at the end of the slideshow to tell us about yours.)

More on Taxes from Kiplinger:

Increase your money and finance knowledge from home

Introduction to Preferred Shares

Learn the difference between preferred and common shares.

View Course »

How to Buy a Car

How to get the best deal and buy a car with confidence.

View Course »

TurboTax Articles

Will Medicare/Medicaid be Impacted by ACA?

The Affordable Care Act put in place significant tax-related programs that impact Medicare and Medicaid, such as increased Medicare taxes on earned and unearned income for high-wage earners, and Medicaid changes that increase the number of insured individuals. Establishing whether you are affected by the ACA-imposed taxes, or are eligible for certain health programs that fall under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is determined by filing your income tax.

Understand and Avoid Health Care Reform Tax Penalties

The Affordable Care Act has brought new options for health care coverage to millions of previously uninsured Americans. While you can still choose not to purchase health insurance, that decision may come at a cost, beginning with the 2014 tax year. Eligible taxpayers who remain without insurance may be required to pay penalties, though there are exemptions for which you may qualify.

What Extra Tax Deductions Should I Make Sure To Take?

The federal government offers tax deductions and credits to reduce taxable income under certain circumstances. There are several that are often overlooked, including deductions for job hunting, caregiver expenses for dependents and children while you work, a credit to reduce taxes for moderate- to low-income earners and the premium tax credit associated with the Affordable Care Act. TurboTax can help determine if you qualify for these credits and deductions.

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum

Comments

Filter by:
scottee

what
if congress scrapped the 73,000 pages of tax code
and everyone just paid a small national sales tax with no deductions for anyone for anything?
they would probably collect more, everyone would pay some, the rich would pay more, we could close down the IRS, congress would have a lot less power, and April 15 would just be another spring day.

January 08 2014 at 9:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jrb359

Conservatives celebrate the 4th of July the same way liberals celebrate April 15th!

January 08 2014 at 5:31 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Papa Clough

Hello....guten tag! Deutcheland uber alles!

January 08 2014 at 12:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
toosmart4u

When the republicans are out of office they say NO NEW TAXES. When they get elected they heap upon us billions in taxes and fees. Just cannot trust them anymore.

January 07 2014 at 5:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to toosmart4u's comment
andrewwithinpa

I can\'t stop laughing....it\'s like the Democrats don\'t create any taxes each year. They\'re politicians....they\'re in DC to tax anything they can. Don\'t be so foolish to think either party is better than the other. Each one will get you in a different way.

January 07 2014 at 6:40 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
scottee

we can't trust either party. why do we allow them to run amok with power and deficit spending?

January 08 2014 at 9:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jdykbpl45

Did they cut Obama's taxes! Bet they did.

January 07 2014 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply