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

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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.)

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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
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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