Rick Moranis improvised his entire Louis Tully speech in Ghostbusters at his apartment party, none of that was scripted. He decided he'd be a tax accountant and riffed all that gold. "I'm giving this whole thing as a promotional expense, that's why I invited clients instead of friends." cinemablend.com/news/1532…
The borders between Belgium and the Netherlands are so complex that many buildings have an international border running right through them. A bank was built on top of the border so paperwork was moved from one side of the building to the other whenever one nationality’s tax inspectors came. bbc.com/travel/story/2017…
With only 324 households declaring ownership of a swimming pool on their tax form and fearing tax evasion, Greek authorities turned to satellite imagery for further investigation of Athens' northern suburbs. They discovered a total of 16,974 swimming pools. boingboing.net/2010/05/04…
The Swiss Constitution enshrines the right for every inhabitant to have a nuclear fallout shelter. If new houses and apartments are built without bunkers, the owners have to contribute a tax to their Canton to secure a place in a government-owned nuclear fallout shelter. swissinfo.ch/eng/always-b…
The Seminole Tribe of Florida generated so much revenue from opening tax-free smoke shops and organizing high-stakes bingo games that in 2007 they bought Hard Rock Cafe International. The tribe still owns it today, with 180 Restaurants, 24 Hotels, and 11 Casinos in 74 different countries. money.cnn.com/2006/12/07/…
Richard Hatch, $1 million winner of the first season of Survivor, was jailed for tax evasion for not reporting his winnings en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sur…
"Philanthropist" Robert F. Smith was involved in the largest tax evasion case in US history. He "willfully failed to report" over $200 million in income and he signed a nonprosecution agreement. He paid a fine of $139 million and cooperated with investigators. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
WWII monetary cost to the US was $4 Trillion in 2020 dollars, with a top tax rate in 1945 of 94%. 41 Billion rounds of ammo produced, among other materiel. online.norwich.edu/academ…
Peter the great hated facial hair so much he put a tax on it. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Between 1997-2018, only 6 of the 21 winners of the HGTV Dream Home sweepstakes (28%) owned or lived in the home for more than a year. The Dream Home grand prizeβ€”typically $250,000 in cash, a car, plus the home itself comes with a federal income-tax bill of about $700,000. countryliving.com/real-es…
"ignorance of the law is no defense" actually does not apply to tax evasion in America, where you can successfully get out of prosecution by proving your crime was due to your stupidity and ignorance. irs.gov/pub/irs-wd/094705…
It is estimated that over 4 years, 45-60% of the European population died of Black Death. Florence's tax records suggest that 80% of the city's population died within 4 months in 1348. It repeatedly returned to Europe and the Mediterranean throughout the 14th to 17th centuries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
There was a tax imposed on the lower caste and untouchable Hindu women in present-day Kerala state of India if they wanted to cover their breasts in public, until 1924. The tax was evaluated by the tax collectors depending on the size of their breasts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
Ben Franklin's quote about liberty and safety isn't really what people think it's about and was actually a pro-taxation statement about the ability of the government to tax the Penn family to provide frontier defense during the French and Indian War. npr.org/2015/03/02/390245…
In 1784 Britain introduced a brick tax to pay for wars in the Americas Colonies. Bricks were taxed per thousand. This resulted in manufacturers using larger bricks. In 1801, the government responded by limiting the dimensions of a brick and doubling the tax on larger bricks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
Today I learned about the solidaritΓ€tszuschlag (solidarity surcharge), an additional tax in Germany designed to help the East. After the Reunion, the East was significantly weaker in terms of infrastructure and economy. That's why, on top of income and corporate tax, 5,5% are paid to benefit affected areas. wwkn.de/en/about-german-t…
The Winner of the First Survivor Contest Ended Up Going To Jail For Tax Evasion Over His Million Dollar Prize en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
There was a pro feminism cafe owned by a lesbian vegan that had men pay a voluntary "man tax" of 18%, and gave preference in seating and service to women. bbc.com/news/world-austra…
A county in China, to increase tax revenues, ordered its employees to collectively smoke 23,000 packs of cigarettes per year. Officials were fined for missing their targets or if they were caught smoking brands from other provinces. reuters.com/article/idUSP…
Shakespeare became wealthy by hoarding grain, and reselling at inflated prices during a period of famine. He used the profits for money-lending activity and was pursued by authorities for tax evasion and was prosecuted for hoarding grain. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
Monowi, Nebraska is the only incorporated village in US with population of 1. The sole resident, Elsie Eiler, is the mayor as well as librarian and bartender. She pays tax to herself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
King Eric of Pomerania, ruler of the Kalmar Union (Denmark/Sweden/Norway), imposed a tax on all ships entering or leaving the Baltic Sea, but a war forced him to exempt ships from major trade cities. After he was deposed in 1439, he lived as a pirate, attacking merchant ships in the Baltic Sea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
Lotus cars were initially sold as car kits which the buyer has to assemble themselves. This was done to sace up on purchase tax. It wasn't until late 1960's that they set up a factory and actually started manufacturing the whole car and selling them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lot…
47% of random numbers found in real life (restaurant prices, city populations, goals or touchdowns scored, etc.) begin with a 1 or a 2. This is Benford's law. It's used to detect tax fraud. mathworld.wolfram.com/Ben…
Thanks to a Swedish tax law regarding costumes, ABBA’s stage clothes were outlandishly-designed on purpose. As long as they were impractical for everyday wear, the group’s outfits were tax-deductible. wtop.com/news/2014/02/abb…
Americans have the highest post tax median income in the world oecdbetterlifeindex.org/t…
After leaving the Velvet Underground, Lou Reed moved to his parents' home on Long Island, and took a job at his father's tax accounting firm as a typist, by his own account earning $40 a week. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
After Oprah's famous "You get a car" episode, where she gave away 276 cars at a total cost of $7.6 million, many of the recipients sent in complaints to the show as they had all been charged a $6-7k "gift tax". news.com.au/lifestyle/rea…
In 1698 the Russian Emperor Peter imposed a beard tax in order to bring the Russian society more in line with the societies of Western Europe. The ones who refused to pay the tax where shaven by the police. Those who paid got a "beard token". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Despite Genghis Khan's reputation as a genocidal ruler, he was very tolerant of the religions of his subjects, consulting with various religious leaders. He also exempted Daoists, Buddhists, Christians and Muslims from tax duties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Alcohol companies don't have to display nutrition information on their products in the USA because they aren't regulated by the FDA. Instead, they're regulated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. ttb.gov/labeling-wine/alc…
Owners of sports teams are allowed to write their players' contracts off as depreciating assets in order to obtain huge tax benefits. greenberglawoffice.com/ro…
Ancient romans used to sell their pee, to be turned into ammonia for a variety of uses. Vespasian imposed a tax on urine collection, and responding to those who found it disgusting, he coined the phrase "Pecunia non olet"(money doesn't stink) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pec…
There is a law in California that if you work for an employer that has more than 50 employees and provides subsidized parking you can opt out of your space for the cash equivalent. A 1992 study showed this cash equivilant ranged from $36/mo to $165/mo pre-tax. ww2.arb.ca.gov/resources/…
By claiming her breast implants were big and impractical, an exotic dancer in the US was able to get the IRS to agree that they were a business expense for her tax return. huffpost.com/entry/tax-co…
When the CEO of discount supermarket chain ALDI was kidnapped, he haggled about his ransom money and claimed the sum as a tax-deductable business expense in court after his release telegraph.co.uk/news/obit…
Officials in Athens, Greece conducted helicopter & satellite audits to determine less than 0.02% of residents claimed their pools to avoid paying taxes. Greeks consider not paying tax to be β€˜Patriotic’, a nod to a time when they were ruled by the Ottoman Turks, almost 200 years ago. thestar.com/news/world/20…
The Egyptians' system of taxation was based on usable land area, and you could claim a reduction in tax based on the surface area that dipped underwater when the Nile flooded. ancient.eu/article/1012/a…
β€” $99,999,999.99 is the largest check the Internal Revenue Service will accept. Multiple checks must be written for tax payments of $100 million or more. irs.gov/payments/pay-by-c…
In the 1900s Argentina had a tax on unmarried men that included an exemption for single men who had proposed to a woman for marriage but were rejected. Women then started proposals rejection businesses where they would charge to turn down proposals from bachelors seeking to evade the tax. paperspast.natlib.govt.nz…
Al Capone’s ledgers, which led to his conviction, were actually inadmissible in court because the statute of limitations expired, but Capone’s lawyers were not competent in criminal tax law and did not object to their admission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_…
Tsar Peter the Great put a special tax on men who grew beards smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Any Canadian with a physical or mental disability who qualifies for the disability tax credit (DTC) is eligible for a registered disability savings plan (RDSP) and up to $90,000 in lifetime government grants. canada.ca/en/revenue-agen…
Today I learned of Andrew Mellon's "scientific taxation" policy: during the 1920s, the U.S. government paradoxically increased its tax receipts by $300 million after cutting taxes to zero for all but the wealthiest 2% β€” and then reducing their taxes, too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
ABBA's famous outfits were chosen because of Swedish tax law. If they bought cloths for performance they could get a tax deduction, but they had to prove they couldn't be worn on the street. According to BjΓΆrn "we looked like nuts [...] Nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as we were" theguardian.com/music/201…
Switzerland requires all Swiss males to serve at least 260 days in their military. If a male citizen chooses not to serve, they must pay a special tax of 3 percent of their salary. ch.ch/en/military-service…
Tennessee's "Crack tax" required drug dealers to anonymously pay taxes on their illegal sales and earned the state more than $6 million (mostly in seized property), before benig declared "arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable, and therefore invalid under the constitution of [the] state." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cra…
President Calvin Coolidge owned, amongst many other pets, two lions given to him by the Mayor of Johannesburg, South Africa named Tax Reduction and Budget Bureau. presidentialpetmuseum.com…
Today I learned of Nepal’s 288% automobile tax rate. If you were to buy a car that costs 10k in the US, it would cost around 30k in Nepal. grassrootsnews.tv/2018/02…
In 2005, the Temple of the Jedi Order was registered in Texas. It was granted IRS tax exemption in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jed…

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