Can tax trivia be fun? Here are some of the most amazing tax facts and tax trivia on the net.
The word “tax” is from the Latin taxo, meaning “I estimate.
In Texas, cowboy boots are exempt from sales tax. Hiking books are not.
There is no known civilization that did not tax. Even the very first known civilization, the Sumerians, recorded their tax history on clay cones.
Alabama is the only state in the United States to impose a 10¢ playing card tax for decks of cards purchased in the state. In contrast, Nevada issues free decks of card with every tax return filed.
In 1787, U.S. citizens were eligible to vote only if they were taxpayers.
The Rosetta stone, the most significant relic of Egyptian history, is a tax-oriented document. It was inscribed around 200 B.C. during the reign of the boy-king Ptolemy V. It was so important that it was written in three languages. In fact, a large percentage of all ancient documents are tax records of one kind or another.
Russian Emperor Peter the Great placed a tax on beards in 1705. He hoped that the tax would encourage men to have a clean-shaven look that was popular in Western Europe.
Excise taxes are also called “sin taxes.” They are taxes on alcohol, tobacco, and gambling.