Individual v. Collective, Live and Learn, Taxes

We Pay a Lot of Different Taxes

It’s sort of comical when someone complies a list of the taxes and fees our government imposes on us. It puts into perspective why all government budget crises are much more a spending problem than a revenue problem. Lists like these are one reason why I advocate for the FairTax (not to mention it would obliterate the lobbyist culture in DC).

Here is one such list from NorCal Blogs. This in no way is a complete list so if you can think of more please comment:

1. Accounts Receivable Tax

2. Accounting and Tax Preparation fees (cost to taxpayers $300 billion)

3. Accumulated Earnings Tax

4. Accumulation Distribution of Trusts

5. Activity Fee (Dumping Permit Fee)

6. Air Tax (PA coin-operated vacuums)

7. Aircraft Jet Fuel Tax

8. Aircraft Excise Tax

9. Alcohol Fuels Tax

10. Alcoholic Beverage Tax

11. Alternative Minimum Tax – Amt

12. Ambulance Services (Air Ambulance Services, SD)

13. Ammunition Tax

14. Amusement Tax (MA, VA, MD)

15. Annual Custodial Fees (Ira Accounts)

16. Ballast Water Management Fee (Marine Invasive Species)

17. Biodiesel Fuel Tax

18. Blueberry Tax (Maine)

19. Bribe Taxes (Pay If You Dare)

20. Brothel licensing fees (NV – $35,000.00 per year per brothel)

21. Building Permit Tax

22. Capital Gains Tax

23. California Interstate User Diesel Fuel Tax

24. California Redemption Value (Can and Bottle Tax)

25. CDL License Tax

26. Charter Boat Captain License

27. Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee

28. Cigarette Tax

29. Cigarette Tax Stamp (Acts) (Distributors)

30. Compressed Natural Gas Tax

31. Commercial Activity Tax (OH – for Service Providers)

32. Corporate Income Tax

33. Court Fines (Indirect Taxes)

34. Disposable Diapers Tax (Wisconsin)

35. Disposal Fee (Any Landfill Dumping)

36. Dog License Tax

37. Electronic Waste Recycling Fee (E-Waste)

38. Emergency Telephone User Surcharge

39. Environmental Fee (CA – HazMat Fees)

40. Estate Tax (Death Tax, to be reinstated)

41. Excise Taxes

42. Facility Fee (CA – HazMat Fees)

43. FDIC tax (insurance premium on bank deposits)

44. Federal Income Tax

45. Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)

46. Fiduciary Income Tax (Estates and Trusts)

47. Fishing License Tax

48. Flush Tax (MD Tax For Producing Wastewater)

49. Food License Tax

50. Fountain Soda Drink Tax (Chicago – 9%)

51. Franchise Tax

52. Fresh Fruit (CA, if Purchased From A Vending Machine)

53. Fuel Permit Tax

54. Fur Clothing Tax (MN)

55. Garbage Tax

56. Gasoline Tax (44.75 Cents Per Gallon)

57. Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax

58. Generator Fee (Recycled Waste Fee)

59. Gift Tax

60. Gross Receipts Tax

61. Hamburger Tax (Ask Huckabee)

62. Hazardous Substances Fees: Generator, Facility, Disposal

63. Household Employment Taxes

64. Hunting License Tax

65. Illegal Drug Possession (No. Carolina)

66. Inheritance Tax

67. Insect Control Hazardous Materials License

68. Insurance Premium Tax

69. Intangible Tax (Leases Of Govt. Owned Real Property)

70. Integrated Waste Management Fee

71. Interstate User Diesel Fuel Tax

72. Inventory Tax

73. IRA Rollover Tax (a transfer of IRA money)

74. IRA Early Withdrawl Tax

75. IRS Interest Charges

76. IRS Penalties (Tax On Top Of Tax)

77. Jock Tax (income earned by athletes in some states)

78. Kerosene, Distillate, & Stove Oil Taxes

79. Kiddie Tax (Child’s Earned Interest Form 8615)

80. Lead Poisoning Prevention Fee (Occupational)

81. Lease Severance Tax

82. Liquid Natural Gas Tax

83. Liquid Petroleum Gas Tax

84. Liquor Tax

85. Litigation Tax (TN Imposes Varies With the Offense)

86. LLC/PLLC Registration Tax

87. Local Income Tax

88. Lodging Taxes

89. Lump-Sum Distributions

90. Luxury Taxes

91. Make-Up Tax (Ohio, applying in a salon is taxable)

92. Marriage License Tax

93. Meal Tax

94. Medicare Tax

95. Mello-Roos Taxes (Special Taxes and Assessments)

96. Minnow Dealers License (Retail – For One Shop)

97. Minnow Dealers License (Distributor – For One+ Shops)

98. Mobile Home Ad Valorem Taxes

99. Motor Fuel Tax (For Suppliers)

100. Music and Dramatic Performing Rights Tax

101. Nudity Tax (Utah)

102. Occupation Tax (Various Professional Fees)

103. Oil and Gas Assessment Tax

104. Oil Spill Response, Prevention, And Administration Fee

105. Pass-Through Withholding

106. Pay-Phone Calls Tax (Indiana)

107. Personal Property Tax

108. Personal Holding Company (undistributed earnings)

109. Pest Control License

110. Petroleum Business Tax

111. Playing Card Tax (Al)

112. Pole Tax (TX – A $5 Cover Charge On Strip Clubs)

113. Profit from Illegal Drug Dealing

114. Property Tax

115. Prostitution Tax (NV – Prostitute Work Permits)

116. Rain Water Tax (Runoff after a Storm)

117. Real Estate Tax

118. Recreational Vehicle Tax

119. Road Usage Tax

120. Room Tax (Hotel Rooms)

121. Sales Tax (State)

122. Sales Tax (City)

123. Sales And Use Tax (Sellers Permit)

124. School Tax

125. Service Charge Tax

126. Self Employment Tax

127. Sex Sales Tax (UT, when nude people perform services)

128. Sewer & Water Tax

129. Social Security Tax

130. Sparkler and Novelties Tax (WV Sellers of Sparklers, etc.)

131. Special Assessment Tax (Not Ad Valorem)

132. State Documentary Stamp Tax on Notes (FL RE Tax)

133. State Franchise Tax

134. State Income Tax

135. State Park Fees

136. State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)

137. Straight Vegetable Oil (SVO) Fuel Tax

138. Stud Fees (Kentucky’s Thoroughbred Sex Tax)

139. Tangible Personal Property Tax

140. Tattoo Tax (AR Tax On Tattoos)

141. Telephone Federal Excise Tax

142. Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax

143. Telephone Federal Surcharge Taxes

144. Telephone State Surcharge Taxes

145. Telephone Local Surcharge Taxes

146. Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax

147. Telephone Recurring Charges Tax

148. Telephone Non-Recurring Charges Tax

149. Telephone State Usage Charge Tax

150. Telephone Local Usage Charge Tax

151. Tire Recycling Fee

152. Tobacco Tax (Cigar, Pipe, Consumer Tax)

153. Tobacco Tax (Cigar, Pipe, Dealer Tax)

154. Toll Road Tax

155. Toll Bridge Tax

156. Toll Tunnel Tax

157. Tourism or Concession License Fee

158. Traffic Fines (Indirect Taxation)

159. Transportable Treatment Unit Fee (Small Facility)

160. Trailer Registration Tax

161. Trout Stamp (Addendum To Fish License)

162. Use Taxes (On Out-Of-State Purchases)

163. Utility Taxes

164. Unemployment Tax

165. Underground Storage Tank Maintenance Fee

166. Underpayment of Estimated Tax (Form 2210)

167. Unreported Tip Income (Social Security and Medicare Tax)

168. Vehicle License

169. Registration Tax

170. Vehicle Sales Tax

171. Wagering Tax (Tax on Gambling Winnings)

172. Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) Fuel Tax

173. Water Rights Fee

174. Watercraft Registration Tax

175. Waterfowl Stamp Tax

176. Well Permit Tax

177. Workers Compensation Tax

Suffice to say, we pay a lot of different taxes. There really isn’t a great mechanism in place to eliminate regulations, taxes, and fees on the books, and the system could use a good purge. From local city ordinances to IRS tax laws, they simply accumulate over the decades.

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3 thoughts on “We Pay a Lot of Different Taxes

  1. jacksmith says:


    As you all know. Had congress passed a single-payer or government-run robust Public Option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one, our economy and jobs would have taken off like a rocket. And still will. Single-payer would be best. But a government-run robust Public Option CHOICE! that can lead to a single-payer system is the least you can accept. It’s not about competing with for-profit healthcare and for-profit health insurance. It’s about replacing it with Universal Healthcare Assurance. Everyone knows this now.

    The message from the midterm elections was clear. The American people want real healthcare reform. They want that individual mandate requiring them to buy private health insurance abolished. And they want a government-run robust public option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one. And they want it now.

    They want Drug re-importation, and abolishment, or strong restrictions on patents for biologic and prescription drugs. And government controlled and negotiated drug and medical cost. They want back control of their healthcare system from the Medical Industrial Complex. And they want it NOW!


    For profit health insurance is extremely unethical, and morally repugnant. It’s as morally repugnant as slavery was. And few if any decent Americans are going to allow them-self to be compelled to support such an unethical and immoral crime against humanity.

    This is a matter of National and Global security. There can be NO MORE EXCUSES.

    Further, we want that corrupt, undemocratic filibuster abolished. Whats the point of an election if one corrupt member of congress can block the will of the people, and any legislation the majority wants. And do it in secret. Give me a break people.

    Also, unemployment healthcare benefits are critically needed. But they should be provided through the Medicare program at cost, less the 65% government premium subsidy provided now to private for profit health insurance.

    Congress should stop wasting hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money on private for profit health insurance subsidies. Subsidies that cost the taxpayer 10x as much or more than Medicare does. Private for profit health insurance plans cost more. But provide dangerous and poorer quality patient care.



    This is what the American people are shouting at you. Both parties have just enough power now to do what the American people want. GET! IT! DONE! NOW!

    If congress does not abolish the individual mandate. And establish a government-run public option CHOICE! before the end of 2011. EVERY! member of congress up for reelection in 2012 will face strong progressive pro public option, and anti-individual mandate replacement candidates.

    Strong progressive pro “PUBLIC OPTION” CHOICE! and anti-individual mandate volunteer candidates should begin now. And start the process of replacing any and all members of congress that obstruct, or fail to add a government-run robust PUBLIC OPTION CHOICE! before the end of 2011.

    We need two or three very strong progressive volunteer candidates for every member of congress that will be up for reelection in 2012. You should be fully prepared to politically EVISCERATE EVERY INCUMBENT that fails or obstructs “THE PUBLIC OPTION”. And you should be willing to step aside and support the strongest pro “PUBLIC OPTION” candidate if the need arises.

    ASSUME CONGRESS WILL FAIL and SELLOUT again. So start preparing now to CUT THEIR POLITICAL THROATS. You can always step aside if they succeed. But only if they succeed. We didn’t have much time to prepare before these past midterm elections. So the American people had to use a political shotgun approach. But by 2012 you will have a scalpel.

    Congress could have pass a robust government-run public option during it’s lame duck session. They knew what the American people wanted. They already had several bills on record. And the house had already passed a public option. Departing members could have left with a truly great accomplishment. And the rest of you could have solidified your job before the 2012 elections.

    President Obama, you promised the American people a strong public option available to everyone. And the American people overwhelmingly supported you for it. Maybe it just wasn’t possible before. But it is now.

    Knock heads. Threaten people. Or do whatever you have to. We will support you. But get us that robust public option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one before the end of 2011. Or We The People Of The United States will make the past midterm election look like a cake walk in 2012. And it will include you.

    We still have a healthcare crisis in America. With hundreds of thousands dieing needlessly every year in America. And a for profit medical industrial complex that threatens the security and health of the entire world. They have already attacked the world with H1N1 killing thousands, and injuring millions. And more attacks are planned for profit, and to feed their greed.

    Spread the word people.

    Progressives, prepare the American peoples scalpels. It’s time to remove some politically diseased tissues.

    God Bless You my fellow human beings. I’m proud to be one of you. You did good.

    See you on the battle field.


    jacksmith – WorkingClass 🙂


  2. Daniel says:

    The danger was in separating the American people from their money and the ‘little bite” that is bleeding the American public dry. The same strategy has been used to separate doctors from their patients under the guise of saving money. Because the public no longer knows where their money goes we end up funding organizations like “Acorn” and give tax free status to organizations who don’t deserve it. Even when the spigot is turned off ‘Acorn’ can sue to get the money. Meanwhile, a large proportion of the population pays no taxes at all so they don’t give a shit about taxes or the nation as a whole. Separation and concealment is the M.O. of progressives.


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