Posted by: Frank | 02/18/2011

Elected officials across America – Insane or JUST PLAIN STUPID?

This article was on AOL – written by Ken and Daria Dolan. The sad part is that the Left Wing Nuts and Democrats actually think these taxes and fees are a good idea because it “strikes at people that can afford to spend a little extra money on things they enjoy”.   BUT – at least two of them should scare the POOP out of any SANE person – check the “Crash Tax & Death Tax” – what’s next, BREATH TAX???

If you needed any more proof that our state, local and federal budget spending is out of control, here it is. In an effort to get out from under record deficits and support their spending habits, politicians from Seattle to New York and everywhere in between have cooked up some outrageous taxes.

Some of these taxes are already on the books, some are just up for debate, but all show you just how far politicians will go to put a little moreta of your money in their pockets.

Sin Tax

Let’s start with so-called “sin taxes,” which have always been popular with politicians. Taxing items seen as vices–such as smoking, drinking and gambling — is seen as an easy way to raise tax revenue. But the definition of “sin” seems to be expanding…

Card Tax

Here’s proof that some politicians are a few cards short of a full deck. Anyone who purchases a deck of cards in the state of Alabama must pay a “card tax” of 10 cents. However, the law claims that the tax must be levied on the purchase of any deck containing “no more than 54 cards” so if you are lucky enough to find a deck with 55 cards, you’re home free! Really, how much money can this possibly raise?!

Nudity Tax

In Utah, any businesses where “nude or partially nude individuals perform any service” have to pay a 10% sales and use tax. This tax is applied to all revenue from admission fees as well as merchandise, food, drink and “services” sales.

Tanning Tax

As part of the controversial Patient Protections and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (better known as healthcare reform), there is now a 10% excise tax on using a tanning salon. This tax is expected to raise a surprising $2.7 billion dollars over 10 years.

Candy Tax

Be careful what you eat in Kentucky or it can cost you. There is now a sales tax on any food classified as candy. But the definition of candy is controverisal — under Kentucky’s definition, a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is candy, but a Milky Way is not. Huh?

The tax is also snaring some seemingly healthy foods. If a breakfast bar contains natural or artificial sweeteners along with fruits, nuts or other healthy ingredients, but has no flour and doesn’t need refrigeration, it’s considered candy and is subject to sales tax. But breakfast cereals with exactly the same ingredients are not considered candy and are not taxed.

Crash Tax

After 20 years of living, working and raising a family in New York City, nothing surprises us. But the city certainly has cooked up some outrageous new taxes. We doubt any of these will do much to help them dig out of their massive budget deficit, but let’s take a look…

In January, the New York City Fire Department proposed a new “crash tax.” The proposal, which stirred up a very heated debate, calls for a $500 fine for anyone in an accident requiring emergency response vehicles at the scene.

Bagel Tax

New York is cracking down on enforcing the tax on prepared food. One of their targets: the beloved bagel. If you buy a whole bagel and take it home with you, it’s tax free. But, if you purchase a bagel to eat at the bagel shop, you’ll have to pay sales tax.

A New Kind of Death Tax

As of January 1, 2011 it costs money to die in Seattle. King County, which includes Seattle, has instituted a $50 fee for reporting a death to the Medical Examiner’s Office. If you don’t pay, you don’t get the permission and paperwork needed in order to be buried.

Pharmaceutical Tax

There is now an annual tax on brand name pharmaceutical companies. This is a tax on corporations, not individual taxpayers, that’s expected to generate $2.5 billion in 2011. But you better believe the cost of this new tax will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices for the brand name drugs we buy.

New FSA Tax

If you use a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) that lets you pay for medical expenses with pre-tax money, brace yourself for new restrictions. New Flexible Spending Account (FSA) rules will limit the amount you can set aside tax-free to just $2,500 starting in 2013. That amounts to a tax increase on anyone who currently uses an FSA to pay for healthcare costs over that $2,500 cap.


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