A List Of 97 Taxes Americans Pay Every Year

I’m waiting for the blogger tax to be implemented by Obama and his minions, with exemptions for liberal bloggers, communist bloggers, and socialist bloggers. There will be an additional surtax for libertarian bloggers.


Submitted by Michael Snyder of The Economic Collapse blog,

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

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 will 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.

17 thoughts on “A List Of 97 Taxes Americans Pay Every Year”

  1. Not sure if Americans don’t care, or we’ve just been conditioned.

    The madness has to stop sooner or later. A new tax on electric cigarettes is being discussed, a mileage tax, and this is after they raise taxes on tobacco companies and force auto makers into more fuel efficient vehicles. The insane are in charge and all we care about is how our basketball bracket is doing, and flight whatever.

  2. Taxes = theft made legal by the government.

    Steal back as much as you can. For example, do not report tips you receive.

  3. This is one of the areas that I often contend is under reported in the inflation index. Every time they add a new tax that should be reported as inflation, as well as the confiscatory rate increases that we have to put up with.I live in a small cape on 1/3 of an acre on the south shore and in 23 years my property taxes have gone from a little over $2000 to nearly $8000. I am willing to bet this does not show up on any inflation report. The state will tell you they are only increasing the income tax 1% for the math impaired from 5% to 6%, not 20%. I tell them to stop pissing on my head and telling me it is raining.

  4. It truly doesn’t matter how high a tax is, what is taxed, or how much is spent forcing compliance, the monies collected will never be enough.

    Here in Michigan we allowed extraordinarily high gas taxes – and registration fees – to pay for “roads.”

    Our roads are some of the worst in the nation, with the shortest lifespan (because, apparently, Michigan is the only state in the union dealing with a freeze-thaw cycle) and we have the third highest gas tax in the county.

    For cripe’s sake we pay full sales tax ON the Federal and State Excise taxes!

    And yet, here the politicians are again, asking for MORE! The third highest just isn’t enough, give us more.

    Because the vast majority of our fellow countrymen are now contingent upon the gubment for their daily sustenance, they will ALWAYS vote to tax more. What the hell, no sweat off their brows.

    Between sheer rates, and the ever-growing complexity, what surprises me is how many small biz guys that are still trying.

    Won’t be much longer, or many more laws and we won’t be. Screw it.

  5. “#80 Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Taxes”
    —-from the article

    That’s the Obamaphone tax, people. YOU are taxed directly for someone else’s free phone.

  6. Here’s one tax I don’t have to pay anymore (and one gestapo-like tax collection agency I don’t have to fuck with anymore either): State Income Tax. Good riddance!

  7. We Had about $1000 repair bill on the furnace this month. We told the guy we’re paying cash money — he gave us a 15% discount. Same with our landscaper, only 20%. Had two rooms painted last year, same deal. I know a certain psychologist friend who gives 25% discount for cash payers. I’m fairly certain most of these people don’t report cash income. I could be wrong. I could also say there are ways to not participate in the robbery.

  8. Stucky – You will forward the names of those tax dodging scum today, or I will begin to audit you, your Mrs., your sick mother (twice), your father, your children, and any other of your kin I can find.

    I am not kidding. Forward those names TODAY!

  9. If I were to guess, somewhere between 1/4 to 1/3’rd of our economy has moved underground especially out here in California. Damn near everyone demands cash to include many of the fast food chains. The more the government tries to take, the faster the underground economy will grow.

    At some point, probably sooner rather than later, the shattered remnants of the middle class will have to choose between paying taxes and feeding their families. After all, they are not members of the FSA and must provide for themselves. A tax revolt has the potential to turn nasty and the government would immediately try to paint anyone that participated in such a revolt as a child raping terrorist.

    Having a home and a business just makes you a target.

  10. Forty-six years ago, when Mark Hatfield was governor, I [Phil Knight] started a small business [Nike} in Oregon. In our first year, sales totaled $8,000. I am proud that it eventually became a major employer in the state.

    It has been my hope that other entrepreneurs would similarly pursue their dreams in Oregon.

    They won’t.

    Measures 66 and 67 [ 2010 initiatives to increase corporate tax and higher individual income tax] should be labeled Oregon’s Assisted Suicide Law II.

    They will allow us to watch a state slowly killing itself.

    They are anti-business, anti-success, anti-inspirational, anti-humanitarian, and most ironically, in the long run, they will deprive the state of tax revenue, not increase it.

    The current state tax codes are all of those things as well. Measures 66 and 67 just take it up and over the top.

    The state of Washington has no income tax. Its unemployment rate is 20 percent lower than Oregon’s — before 66 and 67. These measures would give Oregon the highest income tax rates in the country.

    Reputable economists forecast 66 and 67 will cost the state thousands — maybe tens of thousands — of jobs, and that thousands of our most successful residents will leave the state.

    We are way too anti-business as we are now. The state in past years was headquarters for The First National Bank, US Bank, Pacific Power, Willamette Industries, Georgia-Pacific, Jantzen, White Stag, G.I. Joe’s, Monaco Coach, Meier & Frank, among many others. They are now headquartered elsewhere, are controlled by non-Oregonians or no longer exist.

    One Fortune Global 500 company remains. But its founder and chairman [Phil Knight] is not merely an economic man. He has webs between his toes. But he, too, has some limits.

    Do you really think any of these overseas “business trips” our leaders take will bear fruit? Can they get a company to move to anti-business Oregon without waiving taxes, passing even more burden onto the rest of us?

    There are words to describe what we are doing with 66 and 67: It is called a death spiral.

    [published January 2010 in many Oregon newspapers. Note: the higher measures were passed by the Oregon oters.]

  11. “The more the government tries to take, the faster the underground economy will grow.”

    “I’m fairly certain most of these people (repairmen, landscapers, painters, etc) don’t report cash income.”

    Bingo, Nickel and Stucky.

    Maybe that’s the key, folks. Cash is king. Always has been. I realize not everyone is suited to participate in a cash economy, but the more, the merrier to those who can. And the tax man (read government) will read about it. As in ….. “WTF happened to my revenues?”

  12. Dear IRS Agent

    The heating guy’s name is Mr. Sol R. Panel.

    The landscaper’s name is Pete Moss.

    The psychologist’s name is Dr. Ima Looney.

    Are you happy now?

  13. Best guess, I pay just over sixty of those taxes.

    Yep, tax the rich/ tax the one percent. That is a great plan. That will work.

    There is a lot of pain involved with running a business. It is balance scale. So long as the net return or possible return exceeds risk and pain, people will choose to run the business.

    But the government every day reduces the return by way of increased taxes and various costs, while simultaneously increasing the pain (red tape, EPA reporting, etc ad infinitum).

    Mark my words, risk and pain are now exceeding benefits, real and potential, for most small businesses.

    Small business is packing up and heading for the exits, at an accelerating pace.

    It really is unbelievable. You have to eventually believe it is being done on purpose.


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