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Ridiculous taxes around the world

We often moan about the taxes we have to pay in the UK, but in general the complaints are more to do with the amount owed to the tax man than the reason for the tax in the first place. Some people who live in other corners of the globe sometimes have to pay taxes that really don’t make any sense at all.

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Did you realise that each US state makes its own tax laws up? That makes a lot of sense as each state generates revenue from different sources so they need to be able to determine which sources to tax and by how much. The hot air balloon tax in Kansas though really does take the biscuit. Tax experts tell us that without it firm who run hot air balloons would be avoiding taxes as “any place providing amusement, entertainment or recreation services” has to pay tax but when you’re up in the air you can avoid this.

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This next one really stinks, but it’s actually a tax that some European states are enforcing. Cows digest slowly so they produce loads of methane. Stats show they account for 18 percent of all greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

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This next one really stinks, but it’s actually a tax that some European states are enforcing. Cows digest slowly so they produce loads of methane. Stats show they account for 18 percent of all greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

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Thankfully these greenhouse gas producing livestock are taxed because of the damage they’re doing to the environment so farmers in Ireland and Denmark have to pay a tax to their governments for the emissions these guys generate. This is anywhere from $18 to $100 per cow.

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Did you know that “altered bagels” in the state of New York are subject to an eight cent tax? You should also order your bagel as a takeaway to avoid additional taxes for eating in a retail establishment.

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Wild blueberries are so important to the economy of Maine that extra taxes are applied to make sure the crops not over produced.

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Wild blueberries are so important to the economy of Maine that extra taxes are applied to make sure the crops not over produced.

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Electric cars are great for the environment but they’re not all that wonderful for tax collectors so in Washington State and North Carolina, electric car owners pay a $100 annual tax.

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California is home to lots of wild and wacky stuff including the “jock tax”. This is a tax on performers and sportsman who play in California but are based in other states. What it means is that travelling professional sportsmen and women pay a tax on the games they play against California based teams.

Highest tax rates in the world

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California is home to lots of wild and wacky stuff including the “jock tax”. This is a tax on performers and sportsman who play in California but are based in other states. What it means is that travelling professional sportsmen and women pay a tax on the games they play against California based teams.

Highest tax rates in the world

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