Unusual taxes in the world

Unusual taxes in the world

A selection of the most unusual taxes that are still in force in the world and which can at least surprise with their existence. For example, there is a tax on the barbecue and even a tax on the shadow ..

Barbecue Tax (Belgium)1

In April 2007, the government of the Belgian region of Wallonia, in whose territory about 4 million people live, decided to fight global warming in an unusual way - and imposed a tax on barbecues. Ecologists confirmed the feasibility of such a collection, according to which, in the process of cooking food on the grill, an average of 50 to 100 g of carbon dioxide is emitted into the atmosphere, which, in turn, is the cause of climate change. Wallonia residents who want to cook a barbecue in their own garden must pay a tax of € 20, and this must be done every time they use the grill. It is unlikely that it will be possible to evade payment of the levy, since the tax law is monitored from the air. The territory is patrolled by helicopters equipped with thermal cameras and capable of detecting heat sources.

Gypsum tax (Austria)2

Austria is one of the most popular countries in Europe for ski holidays.Every year, skiers and snowboarders from all over the world come here in season, and it was they who were decided to impose an unusual tax. The fact that the tourists had medical insurance did not seem enough to the Austrian authorities, so they imposed a mandatory ski fee, which was called the “gypsum tax”. Each year, about 150 thousand skiers during the injury are injured and find themselves in local hospitals. Having counted the total amount of their treatment, the Austrian authorities decided to charge the athletes an additional tax, which is included in the cost of the ski services. All funds collected by the authorities are transferred to medical institutions in Austria for the treatment of fractures and other injuries. Thus, the skiers themselves "throw off" to treat themselves and their fellow extremes.

Civil Marriage Tax (China)3

Civil marriage is not a new phenomenon. He appeared in Holland in the XVI century, when people who belonged to different faiths could not get married in church. Today, the number of officially registered marriages in the world is declining, and the number of civil unions is growing. For example, in Sweden, France and other European countries at least 60% of couples live without registering their relationship, and such statistics do not scare the local authorities.But in China, such trends, on the contrary, are perceived as dangerous, and it was decided to fight them with the help of the yuan. In the mid-90s, a tax on civil marriage was introduced in the Middle Kingdom. The idea to charge it from all unregistered couples came to mind in the Chinese city of Tianjin in 1996. Since then, cohabiting without formalizing the relationship has cost the “violators” a thousand yuan a year, which is about € 120. The tax is levied on those about whom the local authorities reported that people live undescribed.

Cowfuck Tax (Estonia)4

This may seem like a joke, but the tax on cow dart in Estonia really exists. And he was introduced not so long ago - in 2008. In a country where there is not a large amount of large enterprises polluting the atmosphere, it was decided to impose a “ecological” fee on owners of cows. The Estonian parliamentarians considered the main pollutants to be local cows, who release methane into the atmosphere in the course of their life. Interestingly, pigs, horses and other animals were not taxed. It should be noted that attempts to introduce a tax similar to the Estonian, were made earlier.A similar initiative was discussed in 2003 in New Zealand. The agricultural tax on the farting of famous New Zealand cows suggested that the Labor Government be introduced, but, having met with protest from farmers, refused this idea.

Peace Tax (Republic of Guinea)5

West African countries are among the poorest in the world. But despite this, their residents are still taxed, some of which can be classified as very strange. Thus, the inhabitants of the Republic of Guinea, almost the entire population of which lives below the poverty line, still pay a tax on peace, although no military action is taking place in the country right now. Each year, civilian life costs the citizens about € 17, which is a very tangible amount for Guineans. For comparison, a kilogram of coffee in the Republic of Guinea can be bought for only 50 euro cents. A similar Guinean tax existed since the XI century in England: the knights were obliged to pay special fees in those years when there were no wars in the country. The tax existed for about 300 years and was then replaced by other means of replenishing the treasury at the expense of the troops.

Tax on disposable chopsticks (China)6

Chopsticks - traditional for East Asian countries cutlery. They appeared about three thousand years ago and quickly won admirers, among whom was the philosopher Confucius, who said that only they had a place on the dinner table. Today in China, chopsticks are still given special preference, however, since 2006, citizens have to pay a special tax for the opportunity to use them. A collection of 5% from the sales of each pair of sticks was introduced to protect forests from deforestation. About 45 billion pairs of disposable chopsticks are used and discarded in China each year, for the manufacture of which 25 million trees are destroyed. Realizing that at this rate, deforestation in the country could disappear in the next decade, the authorities decided to tax the use of chopsticks for food. By the way, besides the chopsticks, the government of the People's Republic of China also taxed all bamboo products.

The tax on expanders of consciousness (USA)7

To replenish the tax budget of the country, the US authorities manage even with the help of illegal drugs. In 2005, a tax on psychotropic substances was established in the state of Tennessee. Marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and other narcotic drugs were included in the list of substances subject to taxation.Taxpayers are offered to pay tax anonymously, and in the event of an arrest they can present the court with proof of its payment and thereby guarantee their right to leniency. It is also worth noting that in early February 2013, US Democratic Congressmen launched an initiative to decriminalize marijuana throughout the United States (it is now allowed in 40% of the states). Thus, lawmakers are proposing that Washington make money on cannabis by introducing new taxes. According to their calculations, with excise taxes of $ 50 per ounce, the fees will be able to bring about $ 20 billion to the treasury annually.

Sun tax (Balearic Islands)8

In the early 2000s, the "solar" collection was introduced on the Balearic Islands. They taxed on the sun all tourists coming to the archipelago. Travelers arriving to the popular resorts of Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca and other islands must pay € 1 per day to stay here. The funds collected by the sun tax are directed at improving the tourist infrastructure, for example, cleaning the beaches and the coastal zone from debris, as well as restoring the local ecological balance.It is worth noting that in 2012, the Balearic Islands was visited by 10.4 million foreign tourists, so that revenues from the tax on the sun to the treasury were very substantial.

Tattoo and Piercing Tax (US)9

Residents of the US state of Arkansas should think twice before getting a tattoo or piercing. The fact is that in addition to the master service itself, they will also have to pay a special fee, which has already managed to get into the rating of the most unusual US taxes according to Time magazine. The tax on piercing and tattoo was introduced in Arkansas in 2005, and since then every tattoo on the body and every puncture require an additional tax of 6% of their cost. Perhaps the introduction of the tax was due to the anti-tattoo company that started in the United States a couple of years ago. The authorities decided to deal with non-professional drawing of pictures on the body, because of which there is a risk of becoming infected with such dangerous diseases as HIV, hepatitis or tuberculosis. The tax is taxed, but so far the number of people who want to get a tattoo in the USA is high: among Americans aged 25 to 34, every third person has a tattoo.

Shadow Tax (Venice)10

In the early 90s, the authorities of Venice decided that it was possible to collect taxes not only from material objects, and in 1993 they imposed a tax on the shadow. Almost all owners of shops, restaurants and cafes, whose shadow fell on the municipal land, besieged with an unusual collection. Part of the businessmen preferred to remove the sheds and canopies from the facades, and those who decided to keep the appearance of their establishments unchanged, annually replenish the budget of Venice with their contributions. Despite the strangeness of the fee, it is still not canceled. In addition, the tax on the shade of the owners of Venetian cafes and restaurants has to be paid not only on sunny but also on cloudy days, which are much larger in the city on the water. It is worth noting that the tax on the shadow is not the only intangible collection in the world. Thus, at the end of 2012, a tax on rainwater was introduced in Lithuanian Klaipeda.

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