Have you ever heard of these odd tax laws? Tell us which one surprised you the most, or share an odd one from your state in the comments below.
1 min read
Lauren Miller is a content writer for Canopy.
Start your workday off with a chuckle today and take a look at these strange state tax laws. From fruit in vending machines to splitting hairs with bagels, here are seven of the funniest tax laws in the United States.
In Pennsylvania, you might notice purchasing alcohol will cost you more and it dates back to something a little unexpected — a flood. Back in the 1800s, a devastating flood took the lives of almost 2,000 citizens in Johnstown, a city east of Pittsburgh. Then, in the 1930s, another flood caused extensive damage in the same area. To help the city rebuild, the state imposed a tax on alcohol with the funds going straight to help Johnstown. By the 1940s, the money had helped the city recover from the flood. The tax was supposed to be temporary but the state still has the 18% tax to this day and it brings in millions of dollars of revenue annually.
If you live in New Mexico, be sure to stay healthy and stay away from dangerous activities because here, living to your 100th birthday brings more than just bragging rights — it exempts you from paying state income tax. So long as you’re a 100-year-old resident who isn’t someone’s dependent, you qualify for no more state income taxes.
Bagel shops are on every corner in New York and are quite a popular breakfast meal. But, did you know if you purchase one in the state, you’re paying 8 cents extra if you get it sliced? Yep, since 2010, New Yorkers have been paying the bagel-slicing tax and they don’t seem too happy about it either — there’s even a petition on Change.org to ax the 8-cent charge. If you want to avoid the tax, just buy a whole bagel and cut it yourself.
If you visit the Golden State and find yourself in the mood for some fruit, be sure to grab some at the grocery store and don’t buy the apple you see in the vending machine. In California, fruit is only taxed when it’s in a vending machine. So, skip the 33% sales tax from the vending machine and grab a tax-free banana from the store instead.
If you’re thinking about getting inked up, you’ll have to budget 6% more if you live in Arkansas, considering the state imposes a tax on tattoos, body piercings and laser hair removal services.
When one thinks of Maine, usually lobster and other seafood comes to mind, but did you know the state is actually America’s Maine distributor of blueberries? To raise funds for research on the fruit, anyone who grows, buys, sells, handles or processes blueberries is subject to a tax of 1.5 cents per pound.
If you find yourself in Illinois with a sweet tooth, consider checking the ingredient list on whatever candy you pick — it might just change the price. The state charges a 6.25% tax for candy, but only those made without flour. So, when you’re driving through Illinois, skip the starbursts and grab a Twix instead — you'll only pay a 1% food tax this way.
Have you ever heard of these odd tax laws? Tell us which one surprised you the most, or share a funny one from your state in the comments below. Want to read more funny tax laws? Be sure to follow Canopy's twitter and subscribe to our blog for updates.
Explore more of our recent Articles, User Stories, and Ebooks.
7 min read
Dominique Boud is a content marketing specialist at Canopy.
3 min read
Lauren Miller is a content writer for Canopy.
Canopy takes the headaches out of client management by offering a way to keep client info organized.
I love how easy it is to setup a new client in this software. Once set up, it's one click to get IRS transcripts downloaded for my review. This saves me at least an hour each week in comparison to the software I used to use.
This makes workflow for tax resolution manageable. This business is a bunch of hurry up and wait. This system helps to refresh my memory while transitioning to different clients.
The ability to securely share documents with clients as well as complete POAs from client contact data already in Canopy. The ability to route workflow between team members with color coded statuses allows us to work efficiently.
Cool features, outstanding customer service, constantly updating to make it better. I love that I can upload files easily to a secure client portal and we don't have to email files anymore. Absolutely can't imagine not having this software.
It's safe and secure. Clients are able to upload documents and the documents are saved their portal which as a result, keeps us better organized. The task feature keeps us organized and we know exactly the status of each client.
Submit this form, and we will be in touch soon to give you a custom demo.
Set a time for one of our product specialists to give you a guided tour practice.