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11 Strange Taxes You Probably Don’t Know About

Tax season is just around the corner, which means it’s time to take a step back and consider the taxes we pay annually. Taxes are practically as old as money itself. In fact, Benjamin Franklin once famously said, “the only things certain in life are death – and taxes.”

Whether you’re the type of person who gratefully hands off your financials to an accountant each year, or begrudgingly does them all by hand, there’s plenty to find interesting about this topic.

For instance, did you know there was once a tax on urine? Seems unlikely, to be sure, but in ancient Rome, urine had a variety of functional uses. Thankfully, we don’t tax human waste anymore, but that hasn’t stopped unusual taxes from appearing over the centuries.

Check out the following 11 strange taxes and breathe easy that only a handful of these still exist today.

Unusual Taxes Throughout History


What’s the deal with the gift tax?

Gift Tax
Source: Northeastern University’s Master of Science in Taxation Online Program