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A List Of 97 Taxes Americans Pay Every Year

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TaxesIf you are like most Americans, paying taxes is one of your pet peeves.  The deadline to file your federal taxes is coming up, and this year Americans will spend more than 7 billion hours preparing their taxes and will hand over more than four trillion dollars to federal, state and local governments.  Americans will fork over nearly 30 percent of what they earn to pay their income taxes, but that is only a small part of the story.  As you will see below, there are dozens of other taxes that Americans pay every year.  Of course not everyone pays all of these taxes, but without a doubt we are all being taxed into oblivion.  It is like death by a thousand paper cuts.  Our politicians have become extremely creative in finding ways to extract money from all of us, and most Americans don’t even realize what is being done to them.  By the time it is all said and done, a significant portion of the population ends up paying more than half of what they earn to the government.  That is fundamentally wrong, but nothing will be done about it until people start demanding change.  The following is a list of 97 taxes Americans pay every year…

#1 Air Transportation Taxes (just look at how much you were charged the last time you flew)

#2 Biodiesel Fuel Taxes

#3 Building Permit Taxes

#4 Business Registration Fees

#5 Capital Gains Taxes

#6 Cigarette Taxes

#7 Court Fines (indirect taxes)

#8 Disposal Fees

#9 Dog License Taxes

#10 Drivers License Fees (another form of taxation)

#11 Employer Health Insurance Mandate Tax

#12 Employer Medicare Taxes

#13 Employer Social Security Taxes

#14 Environmental Fees

#15 Estate Taxes

#16 Excise Taxes On Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans

#17 Federal Corporate Taxes

#18 Federal Income Taxes

#19 Federal Unemployment Taxes

#20 Fishing License Taxes

#21 Flush Taxes (yes, this actually exists in some areas)

#22 Food And Beverage License Fees

#23 Franchise Business Taxes

#24 Garbage Taxes

#25 Gasoline Taxes

#26 Gift Taxes

#27 Gun Ownership Permits

#28 Hazardous Material Disposal Fees

#29 Highway Access Fees

#30 Hotel Taxes (these are becoming quite large in some areas)

#31 Hunting License Taxes

#32 Import Taxes

#33 Individual Health Insurance Mandate Taxes

#34 Inheritance Taxes

#35 Insect Control Hazardous Materials Licenses

#36 Inspection Fees

#37 Insurance Premium Taxes

#38 Interstate User Diesel Fuel Taxes

#39 Inventory Taxes

#40 IRA Early Withdrawal Taxes

#41 IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)

#42 IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)

#43 Library Taxes

#44 License Plate Fees

#45 Liquor Taxes

#46 Local Corporate Taxes

#47 Local Income Taxes

#48 Local School Taxes

#49 Local Unemployment Taxes

#50 Luxury Taxes

#51 Marriage License Taxes

#52 Medicare Taxes

#53 Medicare Tax Surcharge On High Earning Americans Under Obamacare

#54 Obamacare Individual Mandate Excise Tax (if you don’t buy “qualifying” health insurance under Obamacare you will have to pay an additional tax)

#55 Obamacare Surtax On Investment Income (a new 3.8% surtax on investment income)

#56 Parking Meters

#57 Passport Fees

#58 Professional Licenses And Fees (another form of taxation)

#59 Property Taxes

#60 Real Estate Taxes

#61 Recreational Vehicle Taxes

#62 Registration Fees For New Businesses

#63 Toll Booth Taxes

#64 Sales Taxes

#65 Self-Employment Taxes

#66 Sewer & Water Taxes

#67 School Taxes

#68 Septic Permit Taxes

#69 Service Charge Taxes

#70 Social Security Taxes

#71 Special Assessments For Road Repairs Or Construction

#72 Sports Stadium Taxes

#73 State Corporate Taxes

#74 State Income Taxes

#75 State Park Entrance Fees

#76 State Unemployment Taxes (SUTA)

#77 Tanning Taxes (a new Obamacare tax on tanning services)

#78 Telephone 911 Service Taxes

#79 Telephone Federal Excise Taxes

#80 Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Taxes

#81 Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Taxes

#82 Telephone State And Local Taxes

#83 Telephone Universal Access Taxes

#84 The Alternative Minimum Tax

#85 Tire Recycling Fees

#86 Tire Taxes

#87 Tolls (another form of taxation)

#88 Traffic Fines (indirect taxation)

#89 Use Taxes (Out of state purchases, etc.)

#90 Utility Taxes

#91 Vehicle Registration Taxes

#92 Waste Management Taxes

#93 Water Rights Fees

#94 Watercraft Registration & Licensing Fees

#95 Well Permit Fees

#96 Workers Compensation Taxes

#97 Zoning Permit Fees

Yet despite all of this oppressive taxation, our local governments, our state governments and our federal government are all absolutely drowning in debt.

When the federal income tax was originally introduced a little more than 100 years ago, most Americans were taxed at a rate of only 1 percent.

But once they get their feet in the door, the social planners always want more.

Since that time, tax rates have gone much higher and the tax code has exploded in size.

Why do we have to have the most convoluted tax system in the history of the planet?

Why can’t things be simpler?

In a previous article entitled “24 Outrageous Facts About Taxes In The United States That Will Blow Your Mind“, I listed a number of reasons why our federal income tax system has become a complete and utter abomination that is entirely out of control…

1 – The U.S. tax code is now 3.8 million words long.  If you took all of William Shakespeare’s works and collected them together, the entire collection would only be about 900,000 words long.

2 – According to the National Taxpayers Union, U.S. taxpayers spend more than 7.6 billion hours complying with federal tax requirements.  Imagine what our society would look like if all that time was spent on more economically profitable activities.

3 – 75 years ago, the instructions for Form 1040 were two pages long.  Today, they are 189 pages long.

4 – There have been 4,428 changes to the tax code over the last decade.  It is incredibly costly to change tax software, tax manuals and tax instruction booklets for all of those changes.

5 – According to the National Taxpayers Union, the IRS currently has 1,999 different publications, forms, and instruction sheets that you can download from the IRS website.

6 – Our tax system has become so complicated that it is almost impossible to file your taxes correctly.  For example, back in 1998 Money Magazine had 46 different tax professionals complete a tax return for a hypothetical household.  All 46 of them came up with a different result.

7 – In 2009, PC World had five of the most popular tax preparation software websites prepare a tax return for a hypothetical household.  All five of them came up with a different result.

8 – The IRS spends $2.45 for every $100 that it collects in taxes.

9 – According to The Tax Foundation, the average American has to work until April 17th just to pay federal, state, and local taxes.  Back in 1900, “Tax Freedom Day” came on January 22nd.

10 – When the U.S. government first implemented a personal income tax back in 1913, the vast majority of the population paid a rate of just 1 percent, and the highest marginal tax rate was just 7 percent.

If it was up to me, I would abolish the income tax and shut the IRS down.

But neither major political party in the United States is even willing to consider such a thing.

So the monstrous system that we have created will continue to get even bigger and even more complicated.

We are literally being taxed into oblivion, and most Americans don’t even seem to care.

  • Brandon Bowers

    Dealing with the IRS and taxes. It’s like getting divorced EVERY year ….. HALF!!!!

    Not quite … but close.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      It’s true – great comment Brandon 🙂


      • Hammerstrike

        Michael, do you have basic estimates on how much US living standards goes down once the borrowed prosperity and dollar as a trade currency ends?

      • DesertPaine

        B, M — Respectfully but vehemently disagree. Read the Constitution thoroughly; tax law, closely. B, you’d save half your wealth for doing so. Far from being boring, IMHO it is the best and most productive way to assert American heritage that there is today. IRS, like the big bully on the block, actually listens when someone comes at them from foundations.


  • Wally

    Thanks for all of your articles Michael! Have you done an article on “Super Bugs” yet? It seems to me that people getting sick has gone up, ad in questionable deaths to people younger and younger. A major pandemic could end life for many of us.

  • pulltheweeds

    I can’t wait until the exhaling CO2 tax takes effect.
    Heaven help us all.

    • jaxon64

      In Maryland we now have “rain tax” it probably isn’t that far off. It will be a line of tax code that’s added when the “carbon tax” is in full swing–they didn’t put in all those smart meters for nothing.
      PS: Michael, that septic system tax is no joke–just praying that my septic tank lasts a good long while–I believe that the “Environmental Impact Fee (tax)” is around $30K to have one replaced or installed–no joke. Rumor also has that they are going to be eliminating our rights to wood burning stoves…those of us in the country are being pulled back into the grid.

      • Orange Jean

        Interesting information… I would like to think that such a bad idea won’t catch on and spread to other areas… but no such luck.

        Out where I am (rural Isle of Wight County, VA) we just got new taxes to support storm water “management” consistent with new Commonwealth of Virginia environmental laws. They are now taxing full price for gravel paved parking areas (claiming they produce runoff, rather than infiltration) and ditches (the main way we control flooding here in the rural areas).

        At the same time Smithfield Foods (aka now China Foods) has a huge paved parking area that gets its own special “rate”…. undoubtedly less than they are charging non-commercial residents for their driveways.

        And I would start heading for the hills the minute they start talking about requiring “low flow” toilets and “low flow” shower heads. My experience with those in CA, where they’ve been required for years is they need to change the name. Low flow toilets should be called “no flush” toilets (you have to flush 2-3 times if you should dare to put any poo in the toilet, or it won’t go down) and “no flow” showers, since all those produce is a mist or drizzle of water unless you can afford the ultra expensive versions.

    • Jumin Rhee

      Decomposition tax for our loved ones that were buried. Urn tax for the loved ones we burnt. When I die, just want my family to put me in a trash bag and put me out onthe curb…still taxed though.

  • Guy

    Not to mention the hidden tax of inflation/currency devaluation.

    • mleblanc138

      Inflation is the one from of taxation that can be imposed without legislation. It’s the return of the very same “taxation without representation” that the original American colonists went to war over.

      • Jumin Rhee

        Because raising taxes is unpopular. They wanna be reelected so the game is rigged.

  • Priszilla

    well, you cant expect to get everything for free? so, where tuere is a service behind, like waste disposal, tuete shoul be a fee.
    for more general things like police, emergency services, defense (against fogeign occupation forces, not some military action for some oil company somewhere in the world), education, there needs to be a tax. usually young people dont have enough income to pay for the education of their kids, and old people cant get pregnant.

  • Bubba Johnson

    TEA PARTY,,, it is time.

    • Syrin

      Actually it’s time for our military to defend this nation from all threats domestic.

  • chris

    No wonder the majority of people are living hand to mouth. Every time you breath, they pick your pocket. Add inflation into the mix, and it makes a difficult situation worse. And most of the money collected from these taxes go into the pockets of a select few. Just look around your city; everything is falling apart. Services are stretched or non-existent. Enough said.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      Very well said. People can’t get ahead because the government is taking a huge chunk of what we are bringing in.


    • Syrin

      Notice how the gov’t is only concerned with maximizing its tax revenue stream. It’s never about citizens and maximizing OUR revenue. They could care less whether their soul crushing arbitrarily applied tax system destroys jobs, investment, etc. It’s all about them getting theirs at the expense of us. What’s laughable is the number of liberals who somehow think that the gov’t efficiently raping us is somehow good. I saw a study just the other day that a whopping THREE percent of each tax dollar ostensibly taken to “help” the poor actually makes it to the poor. That means the gov’t basically says, “97 cents for me, 3 cents for you” for every tax dollar. In comparison, 70% of charity dollars reach their intended target. Deep down liberals KNOW taxes crush productivity and jobs. Look at Hollywood. Biggest liberal propaganda machine we have in the US, but they are SCREAMING for a tax break (just fot them) because they admit the high taxes are killing the film industry. Seen any advertisements for the state of NY? “Come to NY, start a business, no taxes for 10 years”. That’s an admission that one cannot start a business and expect it to survive with the current tax climate. Meanwhile, actual studies AGAIN show that every time tax rates are LOWERED tax revenue goes up, but we’re dealing with utter morons who do not live in the real world. They believe taxing 100% of a million dollars is better than taxing 2% of a billion dollars.

      • Hammerstrike

        That taxe revenue is also their achill heel and it is going to get worst once borrowed prosperity ends.

        They seize control using the diversified military and impose their ideology by force, that is indeed too much firepower for citizens and soldiers sidding with the constitution.
        But all that will need a lot of extra money, it will need a hugh web of supply lines.

      • Jumin Rhee

        Gotta pay the corporate masters and fund those undeclared wars…

  • DJohn1

    The interesting thing is that no one understands the IRS rules well enough to come up with the same result twice.

    • GSOB

      Think of the IRS as the filtration media you’d use in your fish tank. … metaphorically thinking. Without that media, the fish would die. Without the IRS code, the economy would collapse.

  • libsstillsucktheobamacock

    gary doesn’t pay taxes, he gets a tax deduction for being an effeminate piece of garbage lib

  • sth_txs

    Oh, I care! That is why I love and supported the ‘kook’ Ron Paul for president. But yes, conservatards and libtards love their tax slavery. No reason to bother voting since most Amerikans are stupid in too many ways.

  • Tim

    “#21 Flush Taxes (yes, this actually exists in some areas)”

    Yes, it sure does. Maryland residents pay a tax to flush their toilets. That’s another reason I’m glad I left that state.

    • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

      See, I told all of you guys that this was actually real. 🙂


    • Jodi

      I think they have a flush tax in Washington state also.

    • Jumin Rhee

      Some people must have stinky bathrooms…stench tax from not flushing

  • Imaplaneiac

    The Medical Device Tax, concealed in the O-TRAUMA-CARE dictate, can be added to the above. I doubt that this tax was amended out of this dictate.

  • K

    Just remember these taxes have increased with both Democrat, and Republican administrations. Those of you who still cling to the idea, that one of the two major parties will cure this. You just have not been paying attention. You want change, vote them both out.

    • willkes

      Here is what I honestly think… The republicans have one more chance to do the right thing. Of course they have to get elected first. But if they don’t do the right thing (starting with getting rid of the debt) the republican party will be over. If the dems win, the country is over.

      • jaxon64

        I will politely disagree..the republicans will get no more chances.
        Hillary is already slated as the next President and US sovereignty will end before her rule is over. She will finish the process of ending the Constitution and reducing the usa to a tool of the globalists.

        • willkes

          Maybe, but if she is who the dems put up for nomination, she won’t win. I’m not alone in that thought, although, I know she is all they talk about right now (really all media driven). I can’t figure out how she was not good enough in ’08, but all of a sudden, she is the best thing since sliced bread ? It makes no sense. That aside, I think she has some insurmountable baggage, that will be hard to reconcile. Plus, she has women issues with that low down dog of a husband. People seem to think all that ugly isn’t going to come up, but it will. Plus right now the presidential election is too far away to really gauge anything. The reps need to win the senate for any of it to matter.

          • beentheredonethat

            Hillary will “win” the election because the actual vote totals don’t matter and they never have. If the globalist and banksters want Hillary, that is who will be your next president (puppet).

          • Syrin


          • willkes

            Why do you say that ? I’m going to choose to be more optimistic than that. Plus, I am in no way convinced that Hillary is going to run.

          • ConcernedAmerican


            Showing up to vote is just evidence to “The Elite” that there are still plenty of naive people that believe they have a say in the game. The game is rigged so that “The Elite” always win at the expense of everyone else.

          • Syrin

            Look, I think it’s cute that you still cling to the notion that elections still have even a shred of legitimacy, but look at the current office holder. The position is occupied by a man whose own bio states he was born in Kenya, who is on
            video saying he was born in Kenya, whose wife is on video twice saying he
            was born in Kenya, and who is using a social security number issued in CT in
            1890. His selective service draft card flags him for the no fly list, and he was “voted”
            into office by millions of people born outside the US, and the votes
            were counted in Spain. His own attorneys argued in court that the
            birth certificate he released was a forgery. Anything about that list which I actually abbreviated make you believe we have any say in the outcome of elections? The liberals have rigged this. It’s all smoke and mirrors.

          • willkes

            I agree that Obama is hiding a lot, Hillary will of course, not have that luxury. I highly doubt we will have another Obama scenario in our lifetime. He’s done what he could, now the progs will have to lie in wait, before anyone is ever going to go down this road again. But then they don’t teach history anymore so who knows, this might repeat sooner than I think.

          • ConcernedAmerican

            “The Elite” have rigged this. Politicians are selected, but not by the voters. The game is rigged; always has been and always will be. Otherwise, how do we explain the people that do zero work are usually the wealthiest while the people that actually do real work can barely pay their bills? Don’t let people that actually work get ahead or they might quit showing up to break their back everyday. Can you imagine if all of those at the top actually had to come down from their ivory towers and do a share of the real work? The game is rigged.

            They require college degrees, yet make them unaffordable for many Americans ($1 Trillion + in student LOAN DEBT is evidence that Americans cannot afford it). The game is 100% rigged from cradle to grave.

          • Jayhawk59

            Not sure about all your “facts” but SS#’s weren’t started being issued until 1936

        • Syrin

          Yep, she was elected at this past summer’s Bilderberg meeting for those who paid attention. The problem is her brain tumor may prevent her from running in which case we get Valerie Jarret.

          Anyone else here know that there is a trail of 85 dead bodies in the wake of the Clinton’s including 5 kids? Anyone else here aware of the fact that Chelsea is not Bill’s daughter?

          • Roger Smith

            85? I didn’t know that. I figured there were more. Are you including the Ron Brown “accident”? Speaking of airplane rides, the only person on this earth who certified the (copy) of Barry’s birth certificate, is now dead. Hawaii State Health Director, Loretta Fuddy, died in a Cessna Caravan crash off the Coast of Molokai this past December. Of 9 people on board, she is the only one who died. Go figure.

          • CensoredSpeech

            Probably an “assisted suicide”, ya think?

          • tionico

            her death means nothing in re the kinyun’s eligibility. His pappy was from Kenya, and thus a British Subject, therefore NOT an American. NBC is, by legal definition, someone born in a country of TWO parents who are both citizens of that same country. If he’d been born IN the White House, he’d still not be eligible, as only one parent was a US citizen. Her death is insignificant.

        • Jumin Rhee

          We are the globalists. The world answers to us and china. We can veto the world via the security council and economic sanctions.

    • ipsd48

      Doest it really matter WHICH party is robbing us?

    • IMHO

      “Vote them out”??? LOL Yeah right! Democracy is the problem and there is nothing you can do about it.

  • CharlesH


  • Jodi

    We pay a driver’s ed tax when we pay for our license plate renewal. The last time I checked, I have to pay for driver’s ed when my son is ready to take the class. What is the driver’s ed tax for?

    • Libertarianski

      If he want to drive, let him pay for it!
      Nothing like skin in the game to appreciate taxes and privileges I say.

  • GSOB

    Now we have civil, gay marriages versus church doctrine and a Pope paving the way by going down the middle of the road.

    A politically correct delusion.

  • mleblanc138

    I just filed my taxes online and saved about $100 or so off of what I would have paid an accountant to do them, as I did the past 2 years. I feel so accomplished and it only took me like 2 hours or so, so it was well worth it.

    • Nicknakthetruthspeaker

      I saved more. I didn’t file at all. Instead I relinquished my USA documents like Tina Turner did and now I live like a king outside the USA.!

      I feel so accomplished and it only took me like 0 hour or so, so it was well worth it.

  • DB

    Some people say a per-head tax is the fairest tax: equal opportunity, equal tax. Any takers?

    • James Godson

      The Constitution allows 2 types of taxes – Direct according to the census upon citizens and Indirect – duties, imposts, & excise to be collected from foreigners based on Matthew 17:25-26 “Simon, what is your opinion? Who pays duties or taxes to the kings of this world? The citizens of the country or the foreigners?”
      26 “The foreigners,” answered Peter.
      “Well, then,” replied Jesus, “that means that the citizens don’t have to pay.


      A poll tax is not the right way to run a country. It hits the poor worse because they have a larger proportion of children.
      The tax system needs to greatly simplified and in fact only one kind of tax is all that is needed. The proposal of Henry George in 1879 for a tax on land values is all that we need.
      The benefits to the progress of the national economy due to this kind of incentive taxation are legion. Land values will no longer be speculated in, and more of the useful land will become available. Its price will drop and this means living and production costs will fall too. The result will be greater demand for goods and more employment and due to the need for labor the wages will rise too.

  • Roger Smith

    It’s not an accident that the FED and the Income tax came into being at the same time. The FED makes possible the ever growing debt spiral and the Income tax stands ready to enforce the interest payments. Guess who eventually receives that interest? Guess who owns the FED? Guess who’s brilliant, Jekyll Island scheme it was to create the FED? It’s all the same coterie of criminals. They’ve been robbing us blind for 100 years. Have you ever noticed how Executives from Goldman, Chase, B of A and the rest all seem to move in and out of government as though they own it? It’s difficult to understand how anyone can believe we live in a democracy. It went away in 1913. It’s just been one very long puppet show ever since.

    • James Godson

      The IRS is just the Collection Agency for the FED who never created any of the dollars to repay the interest they charge to borrow ‘money’ they create out of thin air

  • Steve

    Suggestion. Do what I did. Vote with your feet. Leave the U.S. Spend your DOLLARS in a foreign country where they purchase much more, help their economy, screw the U.S. Tax Base, and send a signal to the U.S. Gov’t that the harder you press the more that will leave your tax base. Then what are you going to do? Tax all those “takers” on the government dole??

    It is a blessing to see so many people where I live accept DOLLARS and are glad to see me not just because I spend money but because I understand how hard they work to make money that they deserve to keep. I smile every time I pay in DOLLARS knowing I am helping them and, forgive me, having my own personal revenge AT the U.S. Gov’t for the way they screw everybody inside and outside the U.S.

    • James Godson

      What ever country a foreigner lives in when food becomes scarce (Arab Spring, Ukraine, etc) the natives will overtake those who aren’t related by blood.

  • Kent Harris

    Our government is stealing from God. If you read Samuel it says quite clearly a tenth to support the government. Our government is arrogant and prideful and the day that God destroys them cannot come soon enough.

    • underaged

      ur an idiot.

      • Kent Harris

        God says that a 10th is for tithing and a 10th for the government to operate. The latest ever Tax Freedom Day was May 1, 2000 – meaning Americans paid 33.0 percent of their total income in taxes. A century earlier, in 1900, Americans paid only 5.9 percent of their income in taxes, meaning Tax Freedom Day came on January 22.

  • Nicknakthetruthspeaker

    To be sure you pay your tax, they have invented fbar and fatca. fbar and fatca will soon kill all business and the US dollar all around the world from July 2014.
    I have seen business closing because they don’t want deal with irs. And it s not even business in USA, it s business using the US $. If you are an American or have 1 dollar on your foreign account or in your (foreign) pocket, you risk 25 years jail time. I m not kidding guys, it s true! Soon even a pygmy in Africa will be asked to pay tax or finish in jail, maybe Mr pygmy has a US oncle somewhere in USA. , so he must file tax…

    It s clear, the USA government want steal more money so they can buy more Nimitz and drones… And put a % of the cake in their governmental and industrial deep pockets. Taxe=corruption.

    • Guest

      It’s not for taxes. The federal government doesn’t need to collect taxes. It makes unlimited funds out of thin air.

      The real purpose is to end the dollar’s status as the world reserve currency. That will allow America to fall quickly to the bottom. That has been their stated goal for at least 40 years.

  • blackciti_fo5

    When i bought my car, I paid a state tax, city tax and county tax lol.

    • Jumin Rhee

      I would upvote you, but that makes me feel I would be in favour of the tax.

  • jakartaman

    Tick tock tick tock
    Time is running out.
    Hope folks have been preparing the best they can. I do not see anyway we will avoid a massive economic world collapse and the ensuing civil unrest.

  • Yasha7

    We were talking with an accountant friend yesterday. She told us that many accountants are getting fed up with the incomprehensible tax code and are getting out of the field.

    • ConcernedAmerican

      Whom was it that said “It will be so confusing that many people won’t be able to understand it. Those who do understand it will profit so greatly from it that they will never want it to end.”

  • pizzedoff

    And these are all paid with After income tax has already been extracted from us!..Its so wonder everyone doesn’t snap all at once.

    • xander cross

      That’s why they invented televison, to numb you while people continue to work and pay taxes. Also, this is why they encourage you to drink at the club so much, so that you won’t think about how you being royally screwed.

  • Joe Kleinkamp

    Song of the day. Sing along with George Harrison (R.I.P.)
    (One, two, three, four, one two)

    Let me tell you how it will be
    There’s one for you, nineteen for me
    ‘Cause I’m the taxman
    Yeah, I’m the taxman

    Should five percent appear too small
    Be thankful I don’t take it all
    ‘Cause I’m the taxman
    Yeah, I’m the taxman

    (If you drive a car car) I’ll tax the street
    (If you try to sit sit) I’ll tax your seat
    (If you get too cold cold) I’ll tax the heat
    (If you take a walk walk) I’ll tax your feet


    ‘Cause I’m the taxman
    Yeah, I’m the taxman

    Don’t ask me what I want it for
    (Ah, ah, Mr. Wilson)
    If you don’t want to pay some more
    (Ah, ah, Mr. Heath)
    ‘Cause I’m the taxman
    Yeah, I’m the taxman

    Now my advise for those who die
    Declare the pennies on your eyes

    ‘Cause I’m the taxman
    Yeah, I’m the taxman

    And you’re working for no one, but me

  • Bruce

    First of all I accept and agree that we have to pay taxes. As ridiculous and unfair as they are they do pay for roads, bridges, defence and many other things that we all use. However, there is a MUCH simpler and fair way to collect taxes. At the cash register! A national sales tax is the answer. IRS could be cut by 80%. The rich spend moe therefore they automatically would pay more. By contrast the poor spend less and subsequently would pay less.
    It is a fair and easy system. I suggest that this chnage would bring in considerably more in revenue and would be fair. However, because it is fair therein lies the rub. The rich would not have millions in deductions through redundant loop holes. In fact, there is not a single reasonable excuse not to implement this type of tax structure and collection method.
    If one becomes unemployed or has other stumbling blocks on the journey of life they obviously spend less because they have less. Therefore, automatically their tax burden is greatly reduced. Can ANY system be more reasonable and fair than that? It would close loopholes, stop the cheating, reduce the IRS work force all the while being fair and reasonable!

    • K2

      Very good point.

    • Jumin Rhee

      Must have food and housing exemptions firstly. Secondly, even most conservatives wouldn’t support as it would create less spending and possibly drive a new recession.

  • 2Gary2

    is a classic case of Republicans trying to blame the victims of their
    policies. Republicans crashed the economy, threw millions out of work,
    then blamed the unemployed, and their children for needing assistance.
    While the GOP tries to take the food out of the mouths of those who are
    struggling, the rich continue to get richer.

    Bernie Sanders for President!

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      and where are your ignorant lies cut and pasted from today?

      • Killer Virus

        From politicususa ….

  • Bruce

    Paying off the debt will not reduce our tax burden because they will NEVER pay off the debt. We have the perfect storm. If they stop spending enough to pay off the debt (couldn’t be done anyway) then the economy would collapse. If they don’t pay the debt then the economy collapses. The perfect storm! We are already screwed.

  • 2Gary2

    Love to see Bernie Sanders as President.

    The 1% would then be justified in their claims of the President of being a socialist.

    It would be great to get libertarians to think about what would
    really provide for greater civil liberties – the prospect of society in
    which people could focus on pursuing their academic/career goals without
    having to worry about securing their basic human needs or a society in
    which the successful few are rewarding exceptionally while there is no
    limit to how far down the rest, through lack of skills, effort, or good
    fortune, may fall.

    • Killer Virus

      Nice copy and paste from Hillary Clinton And The 2016 Question from On The Point with Tom Ashbrook. Do you have one independent thought other than thinking I’m an ahole for constantly calling you out?

      • 2Gary2

        I could care less what you think about copy/paste-if I see something good I add it to the discussion. The fact that you are so hung up on the source as opposed to the message shows you to be very small minded. I am glad you look up what I posted. Hope you learn something (if possible)

        • Killer Virus

          Wow!! You didn’t copy and paste that, glad we are getting somewhere robot. You don’t add anything, you just plagiarize, common in most liberals.

          • 2Gary2

            ok hoss what ever you say there hoss.

    • Jumin Rhee

      He may not lower taxes, but we’d at least get our moneys worth like France. With all the hidden taxes, we probably have the same tax rate equivalent.

  • El Pollo de Oro

    If you enjoy being gangraped at knifepoint by revenue thugs, just come to Philadelphia…..which has one of the most regressive taxes in The Banana Republic of America. While Comcast gets a tax abatement, the city revenue thugs will bleed some bodega owner dry. And just in case the bodega owner isn’t having a hard enough time staying afloat, the city will sock him with all kinds of fees and fines. But that type of thing is to be expected in the corporatist BRA, where small businesses are considered the enemy and The War Party takes everything it can get its greedy hands on. The Ponzi scheme can’t last forever, but The War Party (both the Democrap and Republi-Con wings) will keep it going as long as they can until eventually, the volcano blows sky-high. And when it blows, the BRA will be Ground Zero in Third World Hell. The living will envy the dead when they experience the nightmare that awaits this country.

  • John M

    Add California’s “State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Benefit Fee” which whacks Rural property owners with a yearly tax of $152.33 per habitable structure on your property ostensibly for fire protection/prevention. And now they are working on requiring private property owners who have a well on their property to install a meter and pay the state for the water they use. It never stops.

  • Jack

    don’t forget about the secret tax on the poor called the “Lottery”

  • Randy Townsend

    Never forget: 1) The “rich” don’t pay “their fair share”; 2) Paying taxes is patriotic; and 3) Even if the tax advice you rely upon comes directly from the IRS themselves, they are not required to be correct and you are solely responsible when (not if) they are wrong.

  • AIN’T IT AWFUL, AIN’T IT AWFUL, AIN’T IT AWFUL! That is all we hear from anyone. Hey, we all know it is awful, and reminding us and annoying us in the process does no good whatsoever. What is needed and never supplied by anyone but FounderChurch is the HOW, WHY, & HOW TO FIX IT, AND WHO DID IT TO US.

    And right now I know that anyone who reads these words absolutely do not want to hear the answers to these questions under any circumstances, but rather just wants to WHINE & CRY and BELLY ACHE, and commiserate, and whimper, and cry on each other”s shoulders.

    Men or Mice? I’d say definitely Mice. Google “FounderChurch” for the truth for a change.

  • Taxes by FounderChurch

    It Is Not What You Pay In Taxes But What You Get In Return That Counts.

    What we pay is not the point, what we get is the point. Fact is, we not only get next to nothing for our taxes that now exceed over half of all our incomes, but most of these burdensome taxes are used to hurt us as well, adding injury to insult.

    And why are we beset by this bad management of our tax revenue? It is because of the chronic “BAD MANAGEMENT” of our Government at all levels and in every state.

    And whose fault is that? Basically it is our own fault, each one of us, not some evil group here or there. Government is bad and provides bad management because WE have willingly allowed it to be that way.

    How do we change that? Well, there is an old fashioned way that has worked for thousands of years over, and over, and over.

    Why don’t we employ this “cure?” We don’t employ it because we have steadily and systematically fallen away from God, and failed in our obedience to His Word. And because we are out of touch, and in constant conflict with God, we can’t, and don’t want to, employ the corrective and preventive measures that will give us good government and good government management.

    Why are we alienated from God? Well, the most powerful, overwhelming and yet simple reason is LOVE OF MONEY! Yes, let’s repeat that again, and repeat it three times, LOVE OF MONEY! LOVE OF MONEY! LOVE OF MONEY! The Bible says this clear as a bell, and says it several times for emphasis. It says, “The LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL,” repeat, “ALL EVIL!”

    Why do we LOVE MONEY so much? We LOVE money because we LOVE what we can buy with it. And the people who LOVE MONEY the most, are usually the one who are the most without it, because they LOVE it so much they can’t wait to spend all they have and then borrow more to the max.

    Why do we love these things money can buy so much? We love these things money can buy because we simply don’t love anything else.

    What do you mean by anything else? FounderChurch means we should LOVE GOD, we should love our Children, and first show that love by not killing any of them with Birth Control of ANY sort. We should love each other. We should love Truth. We should love Goodness, and we should love Beauty. And we should love and respect God’s whole Creation. Loving any of these wonderful things basically costs zero. Though if we love them we are going to want to spend all we have on them, and commit all our resources to them, and give them all our time. If we do this proper LOVING, there is no more money left over to use to buy the things we now improperly LOVE, but that we really have no legitimate need of.

    How do we break our habits of loving all the wrong things, or put another way, seeking love in all the wrong places? How do we break these bad habits? First we have to recognize that these “habits” are more than mere habits, they really are serious demonic addictions of the very worst sort. They are devilish addictions that are eating us, and our Children, and our Families, and our Communities, and our Churches, and our Country, and this World, literally, alive.

    These addictions cause us to LOVE MONEY to pay for them. Then we must realize that breaking these addictions cannot be done “cold turkey.” Addictions just cannot be gotten rid of like a bad cold, they have to be systematically replaced with GOOD ADDICTIONS.

    BAD ADDICTIONS HAVE TO BE REPLACED WITH GOOD ADDICTIONS. Llet’s understand this. And this replacement process cannot be self administered. So the first thing we need to do is to understand that Bad Addictions are based on alienation from our fellow brothers and sisters, because we are first alienated from God, and that Bad Addictions are personal things, that we largely do as loners, alone from everyone else.

    Evil tends to be a one on one thing, not a group thing. Because of this nature of evil, to fight it we must first “Gather ourselves together.” That is why the Bible says, “Do not neglect to “Gather yourselves together.” This is what Congregations are supposed to do, which today they do not actually do.

    Then after you gather yourselves together, or during the gathering process, you select your leaders, which includes the various skills of leadership, such as speaking authoritatively, and writing authoritatively. By organizing yourselves, and developing leadership, you are able to turn each of your people into either leaders or followers, so everyone must become either a leader or a follower, or else they are cast out of the group into the darkness from which they came. No loners should be allowed in the family of God.

    The Bible is the greatest book ever written because it is the greatest manual for self governance ever written. It is the perfect organizational manual that tells us how to organize and run our lives, our churches, our businesses, our institutions, and our government. This is why the Bible is so great, and so irreplaceable by any other book.

    With ourselves organized we spread that organization we have created to the four corners of our communities, our churches, the nation and the earth. This is merely what all religions have always been supposed to do, but don’t do out of their unholy LOVE OF MONEY.

    They fail in their duty every minute of every day, because their LOVE OF MONEY, causes them to misinterpret, pervert, soil and dirty the Holy book that they are supposed to be following to the letter, and thereby allow evil (sin) to enter at the very door.

    These FounderChurch Teachings are the absolutely one and only way to FIX BAD MANAGEMENT IN GOVERNMENT and hence correct heal all our woes, regarding taxes and how they are spent, and all other problems we complain about constantly but do practically nothing about.

    It is a shame that “FounderChurch” is the only organization at this time that understands these problems and proposes solutions that have worked for thousands of years.

    It is a shame that there are not other organizations and churches that want to follow God’s one and only path to Life and Happiness. For more information on this one and only path:

    1. Google “FounderChurch” and/or

    2. Go to http://www.FounderChurch.Blogspot.Com and/or

    3. Click on: FOUNDERCHURCH PORTAL and click on the links you find there.

    FounderChurch is a non-profit public interest tax deductible religious organization. Volunteer, donate, or bequeath your support to further the causes and ministerial work of these non-denominational teachings that are dedicated to serving God and Country.

    A Google search of “FounderChurch” (one word) will bring up 3000 hits representing some of our teachings. Nothing is perfect, and we are not, but at core, be assured, we advocate on behalf of Godly families, children, and life more abundantly, worldwide.

    FACT: The Best and Brightest of our young couples are averaging 1.1 children average, when under the best circumstances, it takes 2.2 children for any human population just to barely reproduce themselves. This rate represents national suicide, and a genocidal holocaust of our people and nation, which is designed to serve certain narrow Special Interests that have an agenda based on hate for America. Thank You for visiting this teaching. Contact: FounderChurch@Gmail.Com

  • Macrocompassion

    Many of these taxes have more than one name and apply to matters that need more explanation. Also we are not told what proportion of the total tax applies to each.
    Foe example I fail to discern between Estste Tax and the parts of it that apply to the value of land and the value of buildings. This difference is vital for those(like me) who wish to show the importance of each on the development of our local communities. (Why? because only a tax on land values will drive our speculators in this boon for all mankind, which should be less costly for us to build on and work on. Due to land momopolists, the land costs too much!).

  • K2

    There are necessary taxes ( so that the govt has money to run and maintain the country) and there are unnecessary taxes.

    The unnecessary taxes should go.

    • ansonheath

      I agree – all my taxes are unnecessary – but you have to pay:)

      • K2

        If you ask anybody, they will say all their taxes are unnecessary, but they want to use stuff built by those taxes like roads, bridges, fire, emergency police services, and military etc.

        Taxes that support things like these should stay and others that prevent people from growing their own stuff or taxes 1 to 4 or 11-13 in the list.

  • Freeman

    As an American I feel it is my responsibility to break as many laws each day as possible no matter how small the infraction is. It is my job to not pay taxes, fees or permits any time I can get away with it. And it is my job to take every opportunity I come across to sew seeds of decent amongst my fellow man towards the government at all levels. America has become an “Us vs Them” battle field and I see my self as a soldier, a spy, a martyr if necessary and above all else, a Freedom Fighter in God’s army. Capitulation is for cowards and a free man does not wait to be granted his freedom.

  • MJS

    Let’s please not forget that once your salary gets to somewhere around $80,000 a year you are no longer required to pay Fica & Medicare! Those who make between $1 and that magic number above have to pay Social Security taxes-but get rich and you’re exempt from it! How many of you realize how fast any and all issues we currently worry over (our national debt, ss issues, welfare, veterans benefits, medicaid, etc.) would vanish into thin air? Do the math for just a small number of people making $150,000 a year-say 20 people, in 5 cities, for one year. Forget going back and taxing them for all the years that we paid in on our little salaries-it should have been exempt for salary until you reach $80,000. So, although people will scream and cry about it, it is not only the one absolute thing that is hiding right in front of us, it’s unfair and unless someone can step up and explain to me or rationalize how it makes sense, tell me why it is ok, then it NEEDS TO CHANGE NOW! Let them start at this point going forward and either include all salaries in that tax or reverse the way it’s been done up until now. I dare everyone to do a quick calculation and see just how unbelievably fast that money accrues & compounds & eliminates all of the current and future debt or budget issues. And I dare anyone to please try their hand at defending how it has been done, not to mention, defend why you think it should never change. I will be waiting. I didn’t think so.

    • ansonheath

      Top earners are the main target of tax increases, but the federal income tax system is already highly progressive. The top 10 percent of income earners paid 71 percent of all federal income taxes in 2010, though they earned only 45 percent of all income. The bottom 50 percent paid 2 percent of income taxes, but earned 12 percent of income.

    • StephanieLanier

      Not true. I’m at 100k and still paying both.

  • CrustyOldGeezer

    IF 100% of ALL taxpayers refused to file or pay, and went to court to prevent any liens or other assaults until after the audits of every non filers were completed we would get results.

    Each voting precinct could have a class action suit against congress and each representative and senator for personal damages for the time lost trying to comply with laws that cannot be complied with.

    I can see a government in chaos trying to find a way to satisfy the angry hoards at the very gates.

  • tionico

    You forgot Federal Excise Taxes on all new and used firearms, and all ammunition. Two more taxes, we’re at 99. Add taxes on all tobacco products at both state and federal level, that makes an even hundred, and I will quit before I have to go get sick (for which I am certain there is, or will be, another tax).

    Reminds me of that old Beatles song, the Tax Man. “One for you, nineteen for me, cause I’m the tax man”…… never knew what that was about till recently.. at the time Britain had a 95% tax rate for income on the very rich.. which included that mop-headed Four. One for you, nineteen for me, indeed.

  • Nelson in Texas

    “We are literally being taxed into oblivion, and most Americans don’t even seem to care.”

    Just what in the heck are we supposed to do? Getting enough people to band together will never happen. I think many people do care, but feel overwhelmed and the politicians just don’t give a darn as long as they get their free goodies and lifetime retirement from us the people that pay these fools.

  • mossbergman

    AH!!! but today so many are being called USED FEES instead of taxes ,to make them legal

  • VC Frost

    Haven’t paid income tax since ’ it’s voluntary if you know what to do..

  • Jean Bush

    He forgot inflation, which is a tax on the dollar, which is worth about 2 cents right now.

  • thoomfoote

    So what is your f*^king alternative to funding an organized society? No taxes? Or taxes disguised as user fees? Do you want to pay for your stretch of road in front of your house. Will you pick up a rifle and go fight when US strategic interests are threatened? Will you pay for 1/300,000,000 of a dollar for your part of medical research? Taxed into oblivion! What a crock!

  • Boomergirl

    Ron Paul explained when he said he wanted to do away with the income tax that the government runs just fine on all these other taxes and fees for about 60% of their responsibilities. The income tax is the other 40% that pays for federal welfare (think corporations) and foreign aggression & welfare.

    The taxes listed in this article also show up towards the end of the video “America – Freedom to Fascism”.

  • ipsd48

    You forgot all the OTHER excise taxes…………like 125% on sugar………..or 137% on peanut butter

  • d daxx

    It is certainly positive that you expose these thefts, however your comment about the income tax payments is in error. I have spent forty (40) years researching taxation and the initial introduction of the income tax in 1913 was that it was the extension of the corporation tax act of 1909 to individuals and copartnerships that were “doing business” and the initial deduction was $5,000 and the average person made only $250 per annum: It is thoroughly documented. The deduction was lowered to $1,000 a short time later. Again, however, the tax never was applicable to a wage or salary earner because John Locke in his Treatise on Personal and private property clearly stated that labor IS inviolable. The US Supreme Court in the Butcher’s Union v. (I cannot recall either the defendant nor the volume and page numbers at this time for inaccessability) again stated that labor IS inviolable.
    The conspiracy, by the people that control the money and therefor the world, was further enhanced when the Supreme Court in Evans v Gore, , 1920 (site, again, not available) prejudicially determined that judges must pay their ‘fair share’ thereby biasing the court system for future theft plans. In 1935, again, the court continued the corrupt plan to steal the labor of the Sovereign Americans by initiating the withholding policy for the social security scam. In 1941or 2, in furthering the ‘plan’ the congress – they do not deserve capitalization – initiated the Victory tax to pay, allegedly, for WW2, and in 1942 or 3, the name was changed to the extended income tax and we have been mendaciously cheated out of our labor earnings ever since.
    I took the irs on and beat them since I have not filed a tax return that admits that I am a taxpayer, fraudulently, and after a couple of years of battling them, I have never had anything to do with the infernal revenue disservice since that time. Every 6 or 7 years I receive a notice that I should attend a hearing but since they have no current record of me the hearing is always dismissed and I do not hear from those thieves until another 6 or 7 years has elapsed.
    I have filed an affidavit in three counties and with the irs that clearly states that I am not a 14th amendment united states citizen and that I have never knowingly, willingly or intentionally entered into any form of contract, adhesion or other wise, with the federal government therefore it ‘stands to reason that the federal government has absolutely no jurisdiction over me. I also have never knowingly, willingly or intentionally waived or acquiesced any of my inalienable Rights, therefore, again, it further ‘stands to reason’ that the federal government has absolutely no jurisdiction over me!

    I dare anyone to prove me wrong, otherwise I would be, according to ‘their’ interpretation of the law, residing in a federal jail cell! Period!

  • Anonymous

    Can’t I just email this article. What happened to that option?

  • Mike

    I also pay a Fire Tax for living in a State Responsibility Area, California. This is on top of a bond attached to my property taxes.


    Not a government for the people. But a pack of thieves stealing from the people.If we cant get some law an order back into our system were done for. and i dont mean the law an disorder this government is dealing out.

  • Jumin Rhee

    I would offer to lump all taxes into one, preferably an income or wealth tax. With a constitutional amendment we can prevent the federal, state, and local governments from taxing into oblivion, which I’ve seen more of in the “hidden” taxes by saying thete shall be only one or two taxes. Together they shall not comprise over 25% of income (at all levels of government combined).

  • Jumin Rhee

    Don’t mix god and guns. Christians used to be pacifists

  • Jumin Rhee

    Why is noone else advocating the repeal and consolidation of all taxes so nto one so its more transparent?

  • Kevin Shay

    Great list. I would add a few, though most are implied in this list already:
    * Cable and satellite television taxes.
    * Internet service taxes.

    * Owners of vehicles, boats, and trailers not only pay annual registration fees, but in many cases, property taxes, on those items.
    * Tax on plastic bags such as from grocery stores.
    Like you said, most people don’t know the many different ways people are taxed and how politicians are always coming up with new, sometimes hidden ways to tax us. It’s not about Democrats vs. Republicans anymore, though the latter may be a little better on taxes in many cases. They all are to blame. And so are we for letting it happen and not doing more to stop it.

  • Gary Snead

    We have been at the point where we are spending money faster than we can borrow it for quite some time now.

  • Jerry Moody

    Look on your electric bill…taxes like.crazy. I went with a very large solar system on my house but still have damn taxes to pay on my bill PLUS they want to raise the value on my house for the solar panels!!

  • Dave

    There is one very important and very large tax item missed, Indirect taxes. Everything you buy and every service you use is taxed before you buy it and a nice chunk of what was already paid in taxes is included in the price you pay. For instance, if you call a plumber, he had to pay all those taxes and passes some of it onto you. If you buy a can of soup, the company that produced the soup was massively taxed and passes those taxes onto you in the price of the soup.

  • Terra

    Can someone explain #77 the Tanning tax because I just wanted to know what that is???

  • Brian

    Yes Dave, indirect taxes account for so many percentages of the pie falling back into the baker’s hands… I mean banker’s. It would be useful to illustrate on a color wheel. We’re left with what we metabolize, because it can no longer be taxed, unlike the ground under our feet.

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