DMX avoided a maximum jail term for tax fraud when his lawyer played his song "Slippin'" for the judge in order to show X's struggles and how bad his upbringing was. mixmag.net/read/dmx-avoid…
The winner of the first season of the American show "Survivor", Richard Hatch, served 4 years in prison for Tax evasion after failing to report his winnings to the IRS. thesmokinggun.com/documen…
To encourage population growth after WWII, the USSR imposed an extra 6% "childlessness" tax on men between 25-50 years old and married women between 20-45 years old, who did not have children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tax…
There was a beard tax from 1698 to 1772 in russia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
The Chicken Ranch was the Oldest Continually Operating Whorehouse in the United States when it closed in 1973. - During the Great Depression the "house of ill repute" offered time with a "lady of the evening" in exchange for a chicken. [The brothel was listed on the tax rolls as a poultry farm.] cityoflg.com/tourism/visi…
DolmabahΓ§e Palace built in 1856 cost the equivalent of 35 tonnes of gold or $1.5 billion in today's money. This was a quarter of yearly tax revenue & the huge expense led to the Ottoman Empire defaulting on its public debt in 1875. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dol…
Today I learned about Cynthia Hess, an exotic dancer who in 1994 got the IRS to agree that her breast implants were a business expense, and therefore, was exempt from tax. woodllp.com/Publications/…
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…
Massachusetts has an optional tax rate when you file taxes (so you can pay more taxes if you wish), and it was originally proposed as a joke. β€œWe were just being sarcastic. The next thing we knew, the legislature seemed to find our sarcasm relevant and so they passed the idea we had." nepm.org/post/heres-quest…
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 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…
Winners on The Price Is Right are subjected to a 7% tax on winnings, and some winners choose to receive cash equivalents instead fosters.com/news/20190102…
Tax day in the USA was originally March 1st as an anniversary of the enactment of the 16th amendment. The date was then moved to March 15th and then April 15th to spread the workload of IRS employees; however, some economists believe it is so the money that is withheld earns more interest. money.howstuffworks.com/p…
Until 1999 in Germany, bribes were a tax-deductible business expense, and there were no penalties for bribing foreign officials. The German company Siemens used to engage in bribery in developing countries, where bribery was common, and continued to do so after criminalizing it in 1999. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sie…
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/…
Today I learned about Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, who was a prominent suffragette in the United Kingdom. She was the daughter of Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of Punjab. She played a leading role in the Women's Tax Resistance League and was instrumental in winning women their right to vote. hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-…
In 1940 the WPA and NYC Tax Department took a picture of nearly every building in the five boroughs of NYC, these were digitized by the NYC Municipal Archives in 2018, collated, and geo-tagged to create a comprehensive streetview of 1940s NYC. 1940s.nyc/map#13.69/40.70…
Emperor Vespasian decided to slap a tax on urine, to be paid by all purchasers of public pee because Urine collectors were a common sight in the public toilets of Ancient Rome. The ammonia-rich urine was used in a number of processes such as tanning and wool production. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned of Canadian "tax shelter films." From 1975-1982, investors were allowed to deduct 100% of their investment in Canadian feature films from their taxable income. While many films were commercial failures, some were successes. This includes "Scanners," which helped launch David Cronenberg's career. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
"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…
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…
Switzerland has a forced male-only conscription and the men that don't qualify are stamped with a high 'male tax.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Gas prices have that extra 9/10 of a cent at the end because of a Federal Tax law implemented in 1932 that was set to expire, but never did. auto.howstuffworks.com/fu…
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…
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…
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…
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…
"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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Peter the great hated facial hair so much he put a tax on it. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
During WWII the USA created a 5% Victory tax on all individual incomes over $624 (2020 ~$10,000) with postwar credit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rev…
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…
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…
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…
Bolivia used to have access to the pacific through Litoral department until war of the pacific 1879-1883, After Bolivia imposed a new tax on a Chilean company, Chile declared a war where it occupied the city of Antofagasta, the department was ceded in 1904 making Bolivia a landlocked country. britannica.com/event/War-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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_…
Americans have the highest post tax median income in the world oecdbetterlifeindex.org/t…
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…
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…

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