April 15, 2009

Happy Tax Day

Pin It Now! Who said tax day can't be fun?

Here's some of the most interesting things that have been taxed:
  • Bachelors (England in 1695 A.D., and Missouri in 1820 A.D.)
  • Beards (Russia, 1702 A.D.)
  • Cooking Oil (Ancient Egypt, approximately 2000 B.C.)
  • Souls (Russia, approximately 1682 A.D.)
  • Urine (Rome, 1 A.D.)

Besides taxing beards and souls, Peter the Great of Russia also taxed: hats, boots, beehives, basements, chimneys, food, clothing, birth, marriage, and burial.
- From the University of Illinois at Chicago Library

  • It costs $2.45 for the IRS to collect each $100 in taxes.
  • 21% of paper returns have errors.
  • 0.5% of e-file returns have errors.
  • Aztecs used cocoa beans for money. Owners were taxed four cocoa beans for one rabbit.
- From MSNBC

Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of

membership in an organized society. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

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