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6 Unusual American State Tax Laws













Through the years, the world has seen many different tax laws being introduced in countries all over the world.
It's difficult to decide which country has the most unusual laws, but one thing is certain:
American state tax laws are among the most bizarre.

One of the only normal-appearing tax laws in the U.S. seems to be the self employment tax which is made up of 15.3% of net earnings.
This is then divided into two parts: 12.4% goes toward Social Security and 2.9% covers hospital insurance.
Some other taxes, however, don't seem so straightforward.

Strange Taxes Across Different States

In a country where different states have different laws, it stands to reason that there would be some different tax requirements.
However, some really bizarre American tax laws will make you frown.
Let's have a look at a few of the strangest.

Nevada's Deck of Cards

Since gambling is legal in the state that houses Las Vegas, it should come as no surprise that playing cards are used as an incentive to file your individual taxes.
Free decks of cards are given out every time a tax return is filed.
In Alabama however, card decks with 54 cards or less have a 10% tax cost.

Maine's Blueberries

If you love blueberry pie, be prepared to pay an extra 1.5 cents.
The added tax on this delicious fruit is to support the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and since it's a very big industry, it adds up to quite a chunk of change.

Hawaii's Trees

When you think of Hawaii, you imagine white beaches and palm trees, right?
Well, the trees with cultural or historic value can earn the owner a tax deduction of up to $3,000 per tree.
The deduction is supposed to be used for the upkeep of the tree.
Sounds like a good idea to plant palm trees, doesn't it?

Illinois' Sweets

The state of Illinois defines candy as something that's not made with flour.
That means that chocolate bars like Twix are not taxed since they're made with a copious amount of flour.
Snickers, on the other hand, are primarily made of chocolate and nuts and contain no flour.
So, they are taxed.
The wonderful state of Washington also shares this law.

Kansas' Hot Air Balloon

In Kansas people are taxed for wanting to take a ride in a hot air balloon.
Fortunately, though, there's a loophole.
If the rope is not tied, the trip will be regarded as air transportation which makes the ride tax-free.
All the more reason to stick to the roads.

New Jersey's Pumpkins

In America, you either use pumpkins for food or as decorations during Halloween.
Pumpkins used for food are not taxable. However, if you paint, cut, or make decorations, the expense of that pumpkin becomes taxable.

Conclusion

Each country indeed has its own level of unusual laws and by-laws.
It would seem there's nothing quite as strange as some home-grown weirdness!





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