States with the Strangest Taxes

States with the Strangest Taxes Alabama: Card Tax: 10-cent tax on a deck of playing cards. Arkansas: Tattoo Tax: 6 percent state sales tax on tattoos and body piercings. California: Fruit Tax: 33 percent tax on fruit bought from vending machines. Colorado: Nonessential Tax: 2.9% tax on “Nonessential” food-related items (napkins, bibs, utensils, lids and straws). Connecticut: Diaper Tax: Diapers are considered clothing and therefore are taxed, adult diapers are exempt. Florida: Cow Rental Tax Breaks: “Greenbelt law” taxes farmers at a lower rate. Property developers are now renting cows to avoid paying taxes. Chicago: Soda Fountain Drink Tax: Canned soda is taxed at 3% while fountain soda syrup is 9%. Maryland: Toilet Flush Tax: The state “flush” tax is based on water consumptions and doubled to $5 a month. Massachusetts: Out-of-State Wine or Liquor Permit Fee: Special permit is required to bring a bottle of wine or liquor that wasn’t purchased in state. Missouri: Single Man Tax: Single men between the ages of 21 and 50 are taxed an extra $1 every year. New York: Bagel Cutting Tax: 8-cent bagel tax on any bagel that comes sliced or is served to be eaten. Rhode Island: Cigarette Tax: At $3.75 a pack, the tax is almost 50 percent of the price of the pack. Tennessee: Illegal Drug Tax: This tax requires anyone possessing illegal drugs to purchase and attach a stamp to the product. Texas: Belt Buckles: Clothing is not taxed, but belt buckles don’t count as clothing. Virginia: Sheep Tax: There is a $0.50 excise tax on every lamb or sheep sold in the state.