Federal taxes may provoke the loudest partisan bickering, but some states impose taxes that could leave you at a loss for words. Fur? Nudity? Bagels? You bet—not to mention blueberries and playing cards. ABC News rounds up a few of the weirdest:
- Blueberries: Maine, which produces 99% of all US blueberries, taxes them in lots of ways: buying, selling, processing, handling, growing... everything but eating them.
- Fur: Minnesota hits fur purchases with a 6.5% tax. Not all fur is equal, however: Your Davy Crockett cap must have three times more fur than any other material in order to be taxed.
- Nudity: You may think the biggest nudity tax is in Nevada. But try Utah, where "nude or partially nude" workers are taxed 10% on their services. (Lawmakers know that's a cash transaction, right?)
- Bagels: New York applies an 8% tax to bagels, but only if they're "altered" (as in sliced or cream-cheesed). Uncut bagels, no tax at all.
- Balloon rides: Kansas differentiates the untethered from the tethered. The former constitute a form of transportation, and go untaxed. The latter are taxed as amusements.
For more odd taxes—including playing cards and a 19th-century alcohol levy—click here