10 surprising taxes you may have to pay

So many taxes and fees -- who can keep up with them all? Here are some you may not realize you're paying.

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Mar 25, 2014 9:17AM
The question is what aren't we taxed on, Between Federal,State,County,Local and misc govt taxes from sales to income to real estate to excise taxes the average working person is left with less than $0.40 on the dollar earned.

How much more does the over bloated out of control government(s) think they can suck from us before we realize that it does not pay to work...oops that's right...tens of millions have already figured that out and sell their votes for entitlements while the rest of us work to pay for it.
Mar 25, 2014 1:23PM

Taxes on wages (in any form – flat or progressive) are the greatest evil of our American Republic. When government is free to steal from you, there are no limits to waste and abuse in government. If a person chooses to work extra hours or two jobs in order to better provide for themselves or their family, they should not be penalized, but that is what happens. The more you make by working harder and longer, the more money is stolen from you, and given to those who spend their lives living off the hard work of others.

The revenue the government needs to provide legitimate constitutional services should be obtained primarily from a national sales tax instead of a tax on wages. All would pay based on consumption, the more you spend the more you pay. The more luxury you surround yourself with, the more you pay. Your choice. A national sales tax system would capture money spent by criminals and by illegal aliens who currently pay near zero in taxes. There would of course need to be exemptions: Cars (already have a federal excise tax) Primary Residence/Rental Properties (vacation homes would be subject to tax/rental profit would be taxed) Fresh Food (Preprocessed foods and prepared meals would be taxed – only fresh/fresh frozen/canned goods would be exempt) Insurance Premiums, Health Care & Certified Education.

Adding another layer of tax to a business would not be fair. Businesses would need to be compensated by keeping a portion of the tax to cover the expense of collection and reporting. A percentage of .20 to .05 would be fair.

Mar 27, 2014 8:52AM
Didn't we fight for independence from this nonsense about 240 years ago?
Mar 27, 2014 5:06AM
Under Social Security rules, "all other income" includes 401(k) distributions.  First they tell us to max out our 401(k) accounts, then they punish us for doing so.
Mar 27, 2014 8:47AM
Born free. Taxed to death and nowhere to run. Go USA
Mar 27, 2014 7:07AM
Getting taxed on a refund is the real one that sticks out.They keep your money hostage pay it back to you then tax you on it. YOUR MONEY. not found money. Always figure your witholding tax as close as possible to avoid this travesty of justice. 
Mar 27, 2014 8:53AM
And we just sit back and let them do it. 
Mar 27, 2014 8:58AM
how in the world can our social security be taxed?  It's already included in our taxes when we were working.  It's basically a savings account so how does that get taxed?  Can some intelligent person answer this or is this something the lawyers who supposedly represent US.  I am beginning to believe that they represent themselves.  No wonder this country is going downhill.
Mar 27, 2014 11:23AM

It's no wonder that people try to find ways around paying taxes. You are taxed when you make it, taxed when you spend it, taxed if you save it, taxed on money that was already taxed like your tax refund, taxed on property that was purchased with money that was already taxed (you are taxed for the privilege of owning something like your house or car that was purchased with money that was taxed when you earned it and they keep taxing you every year that you own it). If you work full time and start a small business in hopes that it might help fill in the gaps when you retire you get taxed if you make a profit but if you show a loss for more than 3 out of 5 years while trying to put it together slowly without having to borrow a bunch of money you cant write the losses off. God forbid that you don't pay when you make a profit but they sure the hell don't want to let you write off the losses. It's time that we tell the government where they can shove it and vote honest decent people into office that will put the best interest of the citizens of this county first before their own interest. Vote the greedy, self serving criminals out of office. Set term limits that prevent all politicians from becoming to powerful. Require all politicians to participate in the same programs as every other citizen of this country, no special favors. Hold them accountable for the decisions they make and the consequences of those decisions. Restrict fund raising donations so that big businesses and corporations cant control politicians decisions. It is time for a revolution. Only the people on welfare and government subsidies like the system the way it is, they have no reason to want to change it because the system doesn't affect them adversely and they have been paid off to accept it the way it is.

Many famous quotes and sayings over the years reflect the current situation. One particularly I have tried to relocate escapes me but here are a few.

Democracy:  The state of affairs in which you consent to having your pocket picked, and elect the best man to do it.  ~Benjamin Lichtenberg

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.  ~P.J. O'Rourke

Our government... teaches the whole people by its example.  If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.  ~Louis Brandeis

A survey says that American workers work the first three hours every day just to pay their taxes.  So that's why we can't get anything done in the morning:  We're government workers.  ~Jay Leno

If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?  ~Author Unknown

The Lord's Prayer is 66 words, the Gettysburg Address is 286 words, there are 1,322 words in the Declaration of Independence, but government regulations on the sale of cabbage total 26,911 words.  ~National Review

Mar 25, 2014 7:57AM
Another thing most do not realize is that even though long term capital gains are taxed at 15% (for most of us) the total gain is 100% income, which can screw you out a lot of benefits you should be getting based on your real income.
Mar 27, 2014 8:39AM

"Child support payments are not taxed"

This isn't true, the payer pays all the taxes. Fed, State, SS, Medicare & Medicaid. You must earn about $1500.00 to pay that $1000.00 in child support. What they meant to say is the person receiving the child support doesn't have to pay tax on it and is free to spend it any way they want.

Mar 27, 2014 7:52AM


Everyone should support this movement!

Mar 27, 2014 4:00AM
I can't think of anyone stupid enough, to declare Half of this tripe--"Oh, COOL, I won the church supper drawing, *ooooops*, I must click my heels and think of the Great Dot Gov!"  How imbecilic.
...and, please don't come back at this, with the old, "fear" thing.  It's a boring defense of totalitarianism, my likes.  Frankly, it's as old as Cain.  It is, in fact, why articles like this one, are written in the first place...or, indeed, why "media"--and for that, read "Western-based media"--exists.
"I painted your room for a Coach bag!  OMG, gotta march like some stooge of the Wicked Witch's!  Lessee, um...how 'bout I paint your room for Free?  You were just throwing out that crappy old logo...right?"
I think it is criminal to tax any Social Security benefits.
Mar 27, 2014 10:16AM


Mar 27, 2014 9:40AM
Just another good old great American up your as with a nail studded bat screwing. Nothing new.
Mar 27, 2014 10:11AM
I'm not sure why Laura Shin thinks that accountants paint houses.........did you mean to say a Painter??  Also, I would guess including myself that most of the readers never heard of CrowdFunding.  You should have explained it.  Also, you neglected to mention another sneaky tax......I keep reading that retirees are working in record numbers.  Does anyone know that if a retiree is collecting social security and has to work to still make ends meet, that the government continues to deduct social security taxes from the retiree's paychecks???  They never ever get this money because they have already filed for social security checks.   Why is this tax still being deducted from their paychecks and where does this money go????
Mar 27, 2014 9:59AM
Surely there is a "handout program" that will pay someone's taxes. Can't you just check the box and opt out after looking at a tax form and finding it confusing?
Apr 2, 2014 8:15PM
maybe it is time to stop electing Democrats and liberal republicans.  Or maybe it's time to throw them all out?
Mar 27, 2014 8:04AM
Did we really need someone to tell us that "income" would be taxed?!
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