12 US Cities With Unique Taxes
You’ve heard the Benjamin Franklin quote, “Nothing is certain except death and taxes,” but what’s not certain is what gets taxed. You might be surprised to find that your city or a city you’re thinking of moving to has a tax you had no idea about.
Here are some taxes from across the U.S. that you might not have heard of. And the wildest things your taxes are paying for.
Cell Phone Tax
Having a cell phone in Chicago is going to cost you more than just a service fee. A family with a four-line plan that costs $100 a month will have to pay 34% of their bill to taxes on average.
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Wild Blueberry Tax
Thinking of bringing blueberries to your next picnic in Maine? You’ll have to pay a tax for that. Wild blueberries are subject to a tax of 1.5 cents per pound if they’re processed in the state.
Charleston, West Virginia
Any fireworks or sparklers selling in West Virginia are subject to a whopping 12% tax.
Little Rock, Arkansas
Lawn Care Tax
If you want to get your lawn mowed by a professional in Little Rock (or anywhere in Arkansas for that matter), you’ll be subject to a 6.5% sales tax. Any sort of landscaping falls into this category as well.
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Want a fur coat? In Minnesota, it will cost you extra. Though there is no sales tax on clothing in Minnesota, anything made with real fur will be taxed.
Highest Tourist Tax in the U.S.
Tourism taxes are pretty common, but Honolulu takes it to a new level. Honolulu, on average, charges $62.85 per night per person, depending on the room cost. That can add up to more than $439 in tax for a week.
So, you’ve just won a jackpot in Biloxi. Congratulations! You’ll be subject to a 3% income tax on that, though, so make sure to take that into account when you’re counting your cash.
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Food Packaging Tax
If you own a restaurant in Denver or anywhere else in Colorado, you’ll want to watch the types of disposable packaging you’re buying. According to Colorado state law, “nonessential” and disposable packaging that’s given to the consumer out of convenience (like plasticware in your to-go bag) is subject to a 2.9% sales tax.
Laundry & Dry Cleaning Tax
The next time you’re in Topeka, you might want to rethink sending your clothes out for dry cleaning. The entire state of Kansas imposes a 2.5% dry cleaning environmental fee on clothes laundering services.
Want to buy a boat in New Orleans? You’ll pay more than the sales price. Until June 30, 2025, anyone buying a boat in Louisiana will be subject to a 4.45% sales tax.
Live Entertainer Tax
For those performing in St. Louis or anywhere else in Missouri, you’ll have to give up some of your earnings to the state. If you make more than $300 as a musician, comedian, dancer or any other live performer, 2% of your earnings are taken out for taxes.
Concord, New Hampshire
Interest & Dividends Tax
No, you won’t have to pay income tax in the state of New Hampshire, but there is another tax you’ll have to pay. If you make money off investments, you’ll be subject to a 5% tax on your interest and dividends earned.
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