Monday, March 24, 2014

115 Taxes Americans Pay Every Year


A List Of 97 Taxes Americans Pay Every Year


If you are like most Americans, paying taxes is one of your pet peeves.  

The deadline to file your federal taxes is coming up, and this year Americans will spend more than 7 billion hours preparing their taxes and will hand over more than four trillion dollars to federal, state and local governments.  

Americans will fork over nearly 30 percent of what they earn to pay their income taxes, but that is only a small part of the story.  

As you will see below, there are dozens of other taxes that Americans pay every year.  

Of course not everyone pays all of these taxes, but without a doubt we are all being taxed into oblivion.  

It is like death by a thousand paper cuts.  

Our politicians have become extremely creative in finding ways to extract money from all of us, and most Americans don't even realize what is being done to them.  

By the time it is all said and done, a significant portion of the population ends up paying more than half of what they earn to the government.  

That is fundamentally wrong, but nothing will be done about it until people start demanding change.  

The following is a list of 97 taxes Americans pay every year...

#1 Air Transportation Taxes (just look at how much you were charged the last time you flew)

#2 Biodiesel Fuel Taxes

#3 Building Permit Taxes

#4 Business Registration Fees

#5 Capital Gains Taxes

#6 Cigarette Taxes

#7 Court Fines (indirect taxes)

#8 Disposal Fees

#9 Dog License Taxes

#10 Drivers License Fees (another form of taxation)

#11 Employer Health Insurance Mandate Tax

#12 Employer Medicare Taxes

#13 Employer Social Security Taxes

#14 Environmental Fees

#15 Estate Taxes

#16 Excise Taxes On Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans

#17 Federal Corporate Taxes

#18 Federal Income Taxes

#19 Federal Unemployment Taxes

#20 Fishing License Taxes

#21 Flush Taxes (yes, this actually exists in some areas)

#22 Food And Beverage License Fees

#23 Franchise Business Taxes

#24 Garbage Taxes

#25 Gasoline Taxes

#26 Gift Taxes

#27 Gun Ownership Permits

#28 Hazardous Material Disposal Fees

#29 Highway Access Fees

#30 Hotel Taxes (these are becoming quite large in some areas)

#31 Hunting License Taxes

#32 Import Taxes

#33 Individual Health Insurance Mandate Taxes

#34 Inheritance Taxes

#35 Insect Control Hazardous Materials Licenses

#36 Inspection Fees

#37 Insurance Premium Taxes

#38 Interstate User Diesel Fuel Taxes

#39 Inventory Taxes

#40 IRA Early Withdrawal Taxes

#41 IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)

#42 IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)

#43 Library Taxes

#44 License Plate Fees

#45 Liquor Taxes

#46 Local Corporate Taxes

#47 Local Income Taxes

#48 Local School Taxes

#49 Local Unemployment Taxes

#50 Luxury Taxes

#51 Marriage License Taxes

#52 Medicare Taxes

#53 Medicare Tax Surcharge On High Earning Americans Under Obamacare

#54 Obamacare Individual Mandate Excise Tax (if you don't buy "qualifying" health insurance under Obamacare you will have to pay an additional tax)

#55 Obamacare Surtax On Investment Income (a new 3.8% surtax on investment income)

#56 Parking Meters

#57 Passport Fees

#58 Professional Licenses And Fees (another form of taxation)

#59 Property Taxes

#60 Real Estate Taxes

#61 Recreational Vehicle Taxes

#62 Registration Fees For New Businesses

#63 Toll Booth Taxes

#64 Sales Taxes

#65 Self-Employment Taxes

#66 Sewer & Water Taxes

#67 School Taxes

#68 Septic Permit Taxes

#69 Service Charge Taxes

#70 Social Security Taxes

#71 Special Assessments For Road Repairs Or Construction

#72 Sports Stadium Taxes

#73 State Corporate Taxes

#74 State Income Taxes

#75 State Park Entrance Fees

#76 State Unemployment Taxes (SUTA)

#77 Tanning Taxes (a new Obamacare tax on tanning services)

#78 Telephone 911 Service Taxes

#79 Telephone Federal Excise Taxes

#80 Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Taxes

#81 Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Taxes

#82 Telephone State And Local Taxes

#83 Telephone Universal Access Taxes

#84 The Alternative Minimum Tax

#85 Tire Recycling Fees

#86 Tire Taxes

#87 Tolls (another form of taxation)

#88 Traffic Fines (indirect taxation)

#89 Use Taxes (Out of state purchases, etc.)

#90 Utility Taxes

#91 Vehicle Registration Taxes

#92 Waste Management Taxes

#93 Water Rights Fees

#94 Watercraft Registration & Licensing Fees

#95 Well Permit Fees

#96 Workers Compensation Taxes

#97 Zoning Permit Fees

#98 Obamacare Medical Device Taxes

#99 17 other New or Higher Obamacare Taxes

Yet despite all of this oppressive taxation, our local governments, our state governments and our federal government are all absolutely drowning in debt.

When the federal income tax was originally introduced a little more than 100 years ago, most Americans were taxed at a rate of only 1 percent.

But once they get their feet in the door, the social planners always want more.

Since that time, tax rates have gone much higher and the tax code has exploded in size.

Why do we have to have the most convoluted tax system in the history of the planet?

Why can't things be simpler?

In a previous article entitled "24 Outrageous Facts About Taxes In The United States That Will Blow Your Mind", I listed a number of reasons why our federal income tax system has become a complete and utter abomination that is entirely out of control...

1 - The U.S. tax code is now 3.8 million words long.  If you took all of William Shakespeare's works and collected them together, the entire collection would only be about 900,000 words long.

2 - According to the National Taxpayers Union, U.S. taxpayers spend more than 7.6 billion hours complying with federal tax requirements.  

Imagine what our society would look like if all that time was spent on more economically profitable activities.

3 - 75 years ago, the instructions for Form 1040 were two pages long.  

Today, they are 189 pages long.
4 - There have been 4,428 changes to the tax code over the last decade.  

It is incredibly costly to change tax software, tax manuals and tax instruction booklets for all of those changes.

5 - According to the National Taxpayers Union, the IRS currently has 1,999 different publications, forms, and instruction sheets that you can download from the IRS website.

6 - Our tax system has become so complicated that it is almost impossible to file your taxes correctly.  

For example, back in 1998 Money Magazine had 46 different tax professionals complete a tax return for a hypothetical household.  

All 46 of them came up with a different result.

7 - In 2009, PC World had five of the most popular tax preparation software websites prepare a tax return for a hypothetical household.  

All five of them came up with a different result.

8 - The IRS spends $2.45 for every $100 that it collects in taxes.

9 - According to The Tax Foundation, the average American has to work until April 17th just to pay federal, state, and local taxes.  

Back in 1900, "Tax Freedom Day" came on January 22nd.

10 - When the U.S. government first implemented a personal income tax back in 1913, the vast majority of the population paid a rate of just 1 percent, and the highest marginal tax rate was just 7 percent.

If it was up to me, I would abolish the income tax and shut the IRS down.

But neither major political party in the United States is even willing to consider such a thing.

So the monstrous system that we have created may continue to get even bigger and even more complicated.

We are literally being taxed into oblivion, and most Americans don't even seem to care.

  • We pay a driver's ed tax when we pay for our license plate renewal. The last time I checked, I have to pay for driver's ed when my son is ready to take the class. What is the driver's ed tax for?

    Dealing with the IRS and taxes. It's like getting divorced EVERY year ..... HALF!!!!
    Not quite ... but close.


    Not to mention the hidden tax of inflation/currency devaluation.


    No wonder the majority of people are living hand to mouth. Every time you breath, they pick your pocket. Add inflation into the mix, and it makes a difficult situation worse. And most of the money collected from these taxes go into the pockets of a select few. Just look around your city; everything is falling apart. Services are stretched or non-existent. Enough said.

    I can't wait until the exhaling CO2 tax takes effect.
    Heaven help us all.

      In Maryland we now have "rain tax" it probably isn't that far off. It will be a line of tax code that's added when the "carbon tax" is in full swing--they didn't put in all those smart meters for nothing.
      PS: Michael, that septic system tax is no joke--just praying that my septic tank lasts a good long while--I believe that the "Environmental Impact Fee (tax)" is around $30K to have one replaced or installed--no joke. Rumor also has that they are going to be eliminating our rights to wood burning stoves...those of us in the country are being pulled back into the grid.


    Just remember these taxes have increased with both Democrat, and Republican administrations. Those of you who still cling to the idea, that one of the two major parties will cure this. You just have not been paying attention. You want change, vote them both out.

      Here is what I honestly think... The republicans have one more chance to do the right thing. Of course they have to get elected first. But if they don't do the right thing (starting with getting rid of the debt) the republican party will be over. If the dems win, the country is over.

        I will politely disagree..the republicans will get no more chances.
        Hillary is already slated as the next President and US sovereignty will end before her rule is over. She will finish the process of ending the Constitution and reducing the usa to a tool of the globalists.

    Oh, I care! That is why I love and supported the 'kook' Ron Paul for president. But yes, conservatards and libtards love their tax slavery. No reason to bother voting since most Amerikans are stupid in too many ways.

    The interesting thing is that no one understands the IRS rules well enough to come up with the same result twice.

      Think of the IRS as the filtration media you'd use in your fish tank. ... metaphorically thinking. Without that media, the fish would die. Without the IRS code, the economy would collapse.

    TEA PARTY,,, it is time.


    Thanks for all of your articles Michael! Have you done an article on "Super Bugs" yet? It seems to me that people getting sick has gone up, ad in questionable deaths to people younger and younger. A major pandemic could end life for many of us.


    The Medical Device Tax, concealed in the O-TRAUMA-CARE dictate, can be added to the above. I doubt that this tax was amended out of this dictate.


    "#21 Flush Taxes (yes, this actually exists in some areas)"
    Yes, it sure does. Maryland residents pay a tax to flush their toilets. That's another reason I'm glad I left that state.

    " World Country's Foreign Aid "
    " Church Tax (Sorry, but they want more then we can give) "
    the end...

    well, you cant expect to get everything for free? so, where there is a service behind, like waste disposal, there should be a fee.
    for more general things like police, emergency services, defense (against fogeign occupation forces, not some military action for some oil company somewhere in the world), education, there needs to be a tax. usually young people dont have enough income to pay for the education of their kids, and old people cant get pregnant.


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