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New Tax Laws

A Blast From Balloonfest Past
Live from Wet N Wild, '97

Ok, they’re not all so new. They’re funny though; and every one of them a true tax law in the state named!!  And you thought El Paso had some stupid tax laws.  (hello $78 to fix a plumbing leak tax…)  Check these out!

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Show me da' money .. I mean exemptions!

Arkansas: Body Piercing Tax

The state spells out which services are subject to the 6% state sales tax. Among them: body piercing, gutter cleaning and pet grooming.

California: Deals For Ottoman Empire Victims

If you were persecuted between 1915 and 1923, you get a tax exemption. If your troubles came in 1924 or later, however, there’s no break.

Hawaii: Deductions Grow on Trees

Grab a $3,000 deduction if your tree was approved by an arborist advisory committee and you get the right notarial stamp.

Maryland: Oyster Break

Maybe the clam and mussel people didn’t make sufficient campaign donations? The aquaculture float credit is available for people harvesting oysters, but not other shellfish.

New Jersey: Helping Families

You get a break if you spend more than $35.64 on family leave insurance. A $37 outlay on this worthy cause, for example, would land you $1.36.

New York: Haunted House Tax

Musical comedies, operas and chamber music are exempt from the sales tax. But not a Halloween show with music, if the admission charge exceeds 10 cents.

South Carolina: Aid For Deceased Deer

You get $50 off your taxes if your deer carcass helps the needy.

I’m sure there are more; after all the US tax code is about 3 gazillion pages long!!  (If you’re one of the Ottoman Empire Victims from 1924, I’ll chip in a couple of dollars for you. It sucks that you guys just barely missed out.)

If you know of any others, send them to  I’ll put ’em all together in another blog somewhere on down the line!!

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