Top 20 Stupid Taxes

Do you know anything about our history? Why did we rebel against England? It was due to taxation without representation. Events’ immediately preceding the Boston Tea Party was why this great nation was formed and at its core, the Boston Tea Party was an uprising over taxation without representation. The British could tax the colonists for any amount in any way they wanted, with no way to fight over taxation or claim their rights the people feared loosing their property due to not being able to pay the un reasonable tax levied against them which was nearing 50%. After the British stationed troops in Boston, the Boston Tea Party triggered the Battle for Independence and the rest is history. The US grew, having very little taxation on the people, to the greatest nation on earth. Now our nation is being destroyed and we are taxing the working people to death; but what about our founding fathers?

Benjamin Franklin

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.

The last statistics shows 46% of Americans don’t pay taxes, this doesn’t sound like they are paying “Their Fair Share” as most of them probably say the rich. The top 50% of Americans pay 90% of the taxes which reinforces the bottom 50% of Americans have little to no skin in the game. If you count the state, city, property, and federal tax, many of us are taxed at close to 50%.  Thomas Jefferson states, rightfully so, that this is sinful and tyrannical.

Thomas Jefferson:

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

Our government (from both sides) has really come up and passed some really strange and in most cases, idiotic taxes just to try and drain more money from our pockets. Only a devious and manipulative person could ever think of these taxes but then again, we are talking about politicians. Below are my top 20 that will humor you, if they weren’t really true.

Card Tax: Alabama is the only state charging a 10-cent tax for decks of playing cards.

West Virginia:
Glow Worm Tax: No I’m not kidding; West Virginia imposes a 6% tax on glow-worms, trick noisemakers and sparklers.

Tethered Balloon Tax: If the balloon is tethered for a ride (attached to the ground) it is taxes but if it is not tethered it qualify as transportation and are tax-exempt.

Nonessential Tax: The state on "nonessential" food-related items (napkins, bibs, utensils, and straws) but paper cups and disposable containers are considered essential and not taxed.

North Carolina
Dog Tax: If you live in Durham you could be paying a $10 tax for neutered and spayed pets and $75 for pets that are not neutered or spayed

Diaper Tax: Adult diapers are not taxes but kid’s diapers are taxed through the roof.

Nudity Sales Tax: Utah imposes a 10% tax on any sexually explicit business where someone appears nude or partially nude in any business from merchandise to food.

Tattoo Tax: Get a tattoos and body piercings; pay an additional 6% state sales tax.

Candy Tax: The Legislature defined food as an item that requires refrigeration or contains flour you must pay a tax. So Baby Ruth, Milky Way Midnight, and yogurt covered raisin are all candy and you pay a 5.25% tax but a raisin covered pretzel, original Milky Way, and Twix you don’t.

Soda Fountain Drink Tax
If you are the type of person who infinitely prefers fountain soda to can soda, you may want to think again before moving to the Windy City. Chicago taxes can soda at 3%, but fountain soda at three times that amount, or 9%.

Holiday Decorations Tax: In Texas, holiday-themed placed on walls are taxed, according to

Fruit Tax: California has a 33% tax on fruit bought from vending machines but not fruit bought in a grocery store.

Blueberry Tax: It's not clear why but Maine has singled out blueberry for a one and one half cent tax per pound. It is on anyone who grows, sells or purchases the fruit.

Jock Tax: Would you believe that 20 of the 24 states with a pro sports team require athletes to pay state income tax for each game they play there. In 1991 when the NBA Finals was between the Chicago Bulls and the LA Lakers, after returning home the Bulls players receive tax bills from California for the three games played there.

New York
Litigation Tax: New York has a tax on litigation, according to ABC News so you get taxed to sue someone or defend yourself.

New York
Bagel Cutting Tax: If you buy a bagel in New York, an 8 cent tax to all "altered" bagels will be paid (adding cream of cheese, butter, or getting it sliced).

Air Tax: Purchase of any item that comes out of a compressed air vending machine and it is subject to a sales tax in this state.

The Rain Tax: The tax calculates surface area of a property, the bigger the property, the more rain will fall on that property, and the more tax you will pay.

Illegal Drug Tax: Known as the "crack tax," it targets possession of illegal drugs such as marijuana and cocaine. Some 20 states have a similar tax. When you pay the tax in Tennessee, you even receive stamps to attach to your illegal drugs as proof of payment.

Purposed Dirt Tax: If you dig anywhere and move a ton or more of dirt, you will (if it gets passed) be taxed on every ton of dirt displaced.

I don't mind paying taxes but many of our taxes are just the greed of our politicians and their way of fleecing hard working Americans; it needs to be stopped.


  1. You forgot the Fire Hydrant Tax in South Bend Indiana!

    1. No, they forgot the tax in Michigan on Illuminati

  2. Replies
    1. I am constantly constipated

  3. I like the Illuminati

  4. How about a Hot Air Tax to be paid by Al Gore the enviromental hollywod celberties and enviromentalists wackos like Robert Kennedy Jr and David Suzuki

  5. smelly fish tax

  6. in dumb tax land