10 ridiculous taxes
It is often said that in this world there are only two invariable things — death and taxes. The only thing that many do not notice in this phrase is that “death” is used in the singular, and “taxes” in the plural. The reason is obvious. We die once, and we pay taxes again and again. And most often we pay several taxes at the same time.
However, we do not know to what extent taxes in some countries are ridiculous. And those of us who think that this or that tax is absurd will be well acquainted with those really stupid taxes that really exist.
10. Social Networks, Uganda
From June 1, 2018, Uganda imposed a tax on social networks. The law requires that citizens who use networks and applications such as Whatsapp, Facebook, and Twitter pay 200 shillings ($ 0.05) per day. In those days when citizens do not use networks, they are exempt from paying tax.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said that the tax is necessary to combat the spread of false rumors in social networks. When he first spoke a few months earlier for the introduction of this tax, he saidthat the money received will allow the state to "cope with the consequences of the spread of gossip."
In Uganda, this tax is not met, citizens are accusing the government of encroaching on freedom of speech. The introduction of a social network tax is not the first time that Museveni is trying to deal with social networks. In 2016, during elections, he suspended access to all social networks because of claims that people spread false information with their help.
9. Blogging Tax, Tanzania
Do you live in Tanzania and want to run your blog? In this case, you should be ready to give the government $ 440 a year. Thanks to the new law adopted in accordance with the Rules of electronic and postal communication (online content) of March 16, 2018, the Government of Tanzania requires all creators of online content to obtain licenses and pay an annual tax.
The law applies not only to bloggers, although most of all it concerns them. It also includes users of social networks, participants in online forums, video and podcast creators, online radio, television, and online content subscribers.
In addition to paying the tax, bloggers and creators of Internet content are expected to register with the Tanzania Communications Authority and pledge not to post content containing insults, curses, pornography, scenes of violence, fake news, incitement to hatred or “annoying” .
The initial cost of registration is 100,000 Tanzanian shillings (US $ 44). After that, bloggers and online content developers will pay a license fee of one million Tanzanian shillings ($ 440) starting from the year in which they received the license.
The license is required to renew every year. Violators are punished with a fine of at least five million Tanzanian shillings (about $ 2,500) or 12 months in prison — or both.
8. Dog tax, Switzerland
If you live in Switzerland and you have a dog, you better pay the annual tax for it - otherwise your dog may be shot. The tax does not have a fixed rate and depends on the size of the animal. Depending on the municipality, owners of guide dogs and rescue dogs may be exempt from tax or pay it at a reduced rate.
As is always the case with taxes, people sometimes do not pay it. To ensure collection, the authorities in the village of Reconville, in which the owners keep 280 dogs, threatened to shoot all the dogs whose owners refuse to pay the tax. At that time, local tax averaged $ 48.50 per year.
The municipality itself did not come up with the threat of shooting dogs. The law of 1904 actually allowed the government to kill the dogs of those owners who refused to pay the tax. Dogs defaulters were killed from the adoption of the law until the 1960s, when the law was relaxed. However, since Renonville had big financial problems, the local government decided to renew the law.
It's funny, but after the authorities promised to start killing dogs, the head of the village council, Pierre-Alain Nemitz, began to receive threats of physical violence.
7. Taxes on believers, Germany
It is believed that Catholics and Protestants in Germany must pay a certain tax to finance their churches. The tax is 8-9 percent of their capital gains (profit from the sale of assets). It is collected by the government and transferred to the appropriate churches.This provides a lot of money to the respective churches, since 30.8 percent (24.7 million) of the country's citizens are Catholics, and 30.3 percent (24.3 million) are Protestants.
The only way to avoid paying tax is to officially leave the church. However, this is due to some inconvenience. Any German who officially leaves the Catholic or Protestant church automatically loses some of the benefits, including the right to religious burial, the services of state-funded nurses, and the opportunity to attend church-owned, and sometimes the state, schools.
In addition, Catholics cannot confess to a church or receive communion. They are also denied anointing if they are not dying.
However, some Germans are willing to give up these privileges in order to avoid paying tax. Every year more than 100,000 Germans officially leave these churches. In 2014, after the government closed the loophole that allowed citizens not to report capital gains and thus avoid paying tax, the number of officially leaving each of these churches reached almost 200,000 citizens.
6Tax "on the air", Venezuela
The tax "on the air" in Venezuela, there is not quite literally. There is a special “tax on breathing” in the amount of 127 bolivars (US $ 20), which must be paid by passengers departing from Maiquetia International Airport in Caracas. The government said the tax is necessary to offset the cost of the newly installed airport air filtration system.
According to the Ministry of Water and Air Transport, the air filtration system sanitizes and deodorizes the airport and stops the growth of bacteria, thereby protecting the health of all passengers. In social networks, many Venezuelans scoff at this tax. Some consider this evidence that the airport is in distress and is desperately trying to collect money.
5. Tax on smartphones and tablets in France
In 2013, France considered the possibility of introducing a special tax on smartphones and tablets. The tax, which will be 1 percent of the cost of the device, will be used to finance the production of French films, music and paintings.The tax is based on the national culture support policy, which was introduced in 1993. According to this policy, French broadcasters had to pay culture tax in order to finance and promote French cultural projects.
However, with the spread of the Internet, many broadcasters began to bypass traditional media in order to reach their audience. This means that they did not pay a tax that was intended to protect French culture from the influence of American films.
The proposed tax was included in the budget law, which the French parliament was supposed to consider in November 2013. However, there is no further news as to whether the law has been passed.
4. Tax on bribes, stolen property and other illegal income, United States of America
Are you a US citizen and have illegal sources of income? Or did you just get a bribe? US federal law requires you to pay tax.
The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires that everyone who accepts a bribe report this as part of their income and pay the appropriate tax. The IRS also requires that you report income from illegal activities (for example, from drug trafficking) and pay the appropriate tax.
It is expected that the thief, in case of theft, will pay the appropriate tax, based on the current market value of the stolen goods. A thief is exempt from tax only if he returns the stolen property in the same year he stole it.
Taxation of illegal income is very controversial. This is contrary to the Fifth Amendment, which allows a person not to testify against himself. However, the IRS is not confused. Those involved in illegal activities are not required to report exactly what they are doing. It is enough just to indicate the amount received in the “Other sources of income” column and pay the applicable tax.
There is a similar tax in Tennessee, but its effect is limited to drug trafficking, alcohol trafficking and smuggling. The so-called “crack tax” requires that drug dealers, illegal alcohol dealers and smugglers periodically pay a tax for their illegal activities.
If someone is arrested for the relevant crimes, the arrested must prove that they paid the tax.Otherwise, they are additionally charged with tax evasion, along with ordinary criminal charges.
This can be a big problem. The famous American gangster Al Capone in the 1930s went to prison not for murder, the illegal sale of alcohol or other criminal activities of his syndicate, but for tax evasion.
3. Witchcraft Tax, Romania
In Romania, where many people still believe in superstition, witchcraft and fortune telling are a widespread business. However, this activity was not included in the official list of services and, therefore, was not taxed. But when Romania found itself in a recession, everything changed.
To get more money, the government imposed taxes on several professions that were not previously taxed. This included such controversial activities as witchcraft, fortune telling and astrology, as well as less dubious professions, such as diving instructors, valets and embalmers. Under the new law, they all had to pay as a tax 16 percent of their income.
Opinion Romanian witches on the tax divided.Some consider this the official recognition by the government of their activities as a work, others disagree. They hosted a new tax and threatened the government with spells. The Witches warned that they would gather at the top of a hill on the banks of the Danube and throw the mandrake root into the water to curse the politicians who introduced the new tax.
2. Marijuana Tax, United States of America
Legalization of marijuana in the United States remains a matter of contention. To be clear, the sale of marijuana for medical purposes, which you can only buy with a doctor’s prescription, is legal in 29 states and Washington, DC. At the same time, marijuana, which you take for pleasure and can be bought without a doctor's prescription, is legal in nine states and Washington. However, the US federal government considers marijuana to be an illicit commodity, despite contradictory state laws.
However, the federal agency IRS, requires businesses that grow and sell marijuana, payment of income tax to the federal budget.And these businesses do pay the appropriate taxes on profits and the tax on the sale of marijuana. At enterprises related to the turnover of marijuana, the rules of taxation of the IRS are even stricter than any other enterprises.
Because the US federal government classifies marijuana trafficking as illegal, the IRS also recognizes marijuana trafficking revenues as illegal and even equates them with human trafficking. As a result, taxed by this tax can not deduct the cost of rent, advertising and salary to employees, as do other companies. Thus, they pay higher taxes than other companies.
The only basis for calculating the tax is the amount of cannabis grown, which the IRS regards as already sold goods. Such strict taxation leads to the fact that even in those states where the cultivation of marijuana is legal, not many can afford it. Depending on the location, they will have to pay 40-70 percent of their income as a tax.
However, at present in the federal tax legislation, easing is outlined, a special law on the industrial production of marijuana is being considered.
1. Tax on television and radio in Germany
In the 1970s, Germany introduced a special tax on the owners of radios and televisions. It is about $ 20 a month and is used to finance state television and radio networks. In 2013, when the government demanded that even those who did not use televisions or radio receivers pay this tax, it caused civil unrest.
Many Germans protested against the introduction of this tax, and some even filed lawsuits against the nationwide television and radio network Beitragsservice, in whose favor the government charges this tax.
For failing to pay tax, Beitragsservice is threatened with fines and imprisonment. The Germans, who were protesting against the tax, called “Beitragsservice” “Gez-stapo”, combining the name of the new tax (GEZ-Gebühren) with the name of the Nazi secret police. German state media, for their part, began to call the protesters Gez-rebels.
10 ridiculous taxes
10 ridiculous taxes
10 ridiculous taxes
10 ridiculous taxes
10 ridiculous taxes