Posted by Donna MacMeans Mar 25 2015, 12:18 am
Hi all –
I just got back from Houston, TX last night and I could kick myself. I should have bought a pair of cowboy boots (or are they cowgirl boots?) while there as their sale is exempt from sales tax. Go figure! I was in Houston for an RWA board meeting and didn’t have a lot of time to shop, or means to get to a shopping center, but I’m afraid that was an opportunity lost. Cowboy boots are a part of the state’s identity and thus receives special treatment — which makes me think of other goofy tax rules. While I’m currently surrounded by tax returns, I think taking a look at other strange but true tax tales might be fun.
Alaska – When I think of space travel, I think of Texas (Houston in fact) and Florida. I do not think of Alaska. Perhaps they plan to change that by exempting all goods and services related to space flight to include any product launches or items intended to be launched into space – even if it never returns. Seriously? They get a tax break and the right to create space junk?
California – Sales tax is charged on snow in California. Thankfully, not this kind of snow . (Not sure how one collects from Mother Nature). Rather they charge tax on manufactured snow – the artificial kind that’s used at ski resorts to get the right amount of powder. I guess that might cut back on decorating a Californian house with snow for a Christmas party. The process for making snow is taxable.
Maryland charges a tax to flush a toliet. It’s for a good cause, though. The money collected is used to protect the Chesapeake Bay. So when folks in Maryland seek that physical relief, they can even rest easier. LOL.
Washington State legalized marijuna. However, they declared it neither a food nor an agricultural product. Is it a manufactured product? That doesn’t make sense. Still, by declaring it not an agricultural product, the state can charge sales tax for it’s purchase PLUS charge an extra 25% excise tax. It gives new meaning to the term cash crop.
Food is generally tax exempt in all states…except in North Carolina. University students there have to pay sales tax on university meal plans. It supports what I’ve long expected. What is served under those meal plans is not really food.
Now if I had my way, romance novels would be sales tax exempt. They should qualify as a medical expenditure because the stories are uplifting and make you feel good. Don’t you agree? The world would be a better place if everyone read romance.
If you had the authority, what would you exempt from sales tax? Come on, I know you have some great ideas!
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