It is said that the three primary things a government is good for is growing itself, rewarding favored patrons, and taxing its citizens. And whether it is the European Commission, the state of India, or even the United States, money is the fuel that helps those in leadership accomplish these primary goals.
Many people have chuckled at the myriad of ways governments have used tax laws to try to scrounge up more money, with some of the most inane and onerous being:
Illinois – 2009: A higher tax on candy than other food items. If an item contains flour or requires refrigeration,” it is not considered candy and is taxed at the same lower rate as other food. This explanation legally classifies yogurt covered raisins as candy, but yogurt covered pretzels as food; Baby Ruth bars as candy, but Twix bars as food; Milky Way Midnight bars as candy, but original Milky Way bars as food.
Jock Tax: Athletes are taxed on their game pay by the jurisdiction they play at on a given day. Thus a Texas Ranger ballplayer would receive a tax bill from the state of Massachusettes and the city of Boston for playing a game or series in that location.
Tennessee – 2005: The state instituted a ‘crack tax’, or tax on all illegal drugs.
Additionally people are quite often double or triple taxed for their earnings when they pay them initially on income, and then later on savings when they die, for money that has already been taxed at least once.
But a new law out of Brussels, Belgium may be taking things to the utmost ludicrous as the city’s government has begun to enforce once again a tax created in the 1950’s which charges business owners the equivalent of .40 Euro per person who dances in their establishment.
The patrons of Bonnefooi, a cafe in the center of Brussels, last week received a visit from a City inspector.
The inspector asked them to pay the “tax dance.” Yes you read correctly. Brussels has a “dancing tax” written in the 50´s and as the government needs money, they have “revitalized” this tax since 2014.
For every customer who dances in a bar the owner has to pay €0.40 per night. They sent incognito civil servants to uphold this law. – Zerohedge
So the next time you feel the desire to go out and enjoy life by eating, drinking, and being all around merry, the taxman will want to have a word with you because you will have to pay him for that food, alcohol, and revelry, and that alone will take all the fun out of ever wanting to leave your home.
Of course that’s until they decide to completely ban cash, then all your money will be theirs under the greatest tax scheme of all.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for The Daily Economist, Secretsofthefed.com, Roguemoney.net, and Viral Liberty, and hosts the popular youtube podcast on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.