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Landscaping Tax? Plumbing Tax? Funeral Tax? CLOWN Tax??

Those are just some of the taxes states are trying to add to make up for the huge budget shortfalls they have because of unemployment and because the Stimulus money for states is going to be cut off. Those aren't even ones they are planning to compensate for the expenses they'll have from the health care reform.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/28/us/28taxes.html?pagewanted=1

Which would you rather see, a straight up, in your face property or income tax hike you can see in black and white or all these little extra taxes that get added to everything but spread out over every purchase you make and every service you use?

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NotPanicking

Asked by NotPanicking at 5:45 AM on Mar. 28, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 5:45 AM on Mar. 28, 2010

  • So, if I understand the article correctly, you'd have to pay sales tax AND another tax for, say, getting a hair cut? sales tax AND landscaping tax? sales tax AND plumbers tax?

    If I read that correctly, that's just so very wrong.
    May-20

    Answer by May-20 at 6:10 AM on Mar. 28, 2010

  • Well the things like services don't usually have a sales tax involved. So say having someone do weed treatment on your lawn, normally no tax, but now there'd be a landscaping tax. Michigan tried doing that a while ago, service taxes on everything, because they have the most ignorant governor on the planet, but it got overturned the same day it was supposed to go into effect. But, if it was something like a plumber who charges you for parts and labor, you'd have sales tax on the parts and an extra service tax on the labor.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 6:22 AM on Mar. 28, 2010

  • I don't know that it's the right thing to do, but at least if it's itemized, you only pay a tax on the services you DO use. I mean a landscaping tax on getting the weeds killed in your yard isn't good, but think how much MORE unfair it would be if you didn't even have a yard and still had to pay the tax....KWIM? You can protest the taxes on the services that you use, and maybe eventually get the state to cut or eliminate some of them.
    pagan_mama

    Answer by pagan_mama at 6:58 AM on Mar. 28, 2010

  • Ah, yes! The Value Added Tax or VAT tax!! Whodathunk that the US would end up like a Canada or Europe so soon?!


    Just wondering which politicians will stick their necks out and demand this--which as you know will PRIMARILY affect the low/no/fixed income population!


    Isn't socialism just peachy?!


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/26/AR2009052602909.html

    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:50 AM on Mar. 28, 2010

  • Okay, so I did misread but apparently not by much. Soon, they'll be trying to tax the oxygen I breathe, won't they?
    May-20

    Answer by May-20 at 8:43 AM on Mar. 28, 2010

  • IF parts are involved they are already able to add sales tax to any service bill for the total bill amount; not just the parts. At least here.

    IF it is straight service then no you don't pay sales tax; and I think they're making these nickel & dime taxes to be specific to each industry rather than just expanding sales tax. And to be honest it never made sense to me for them not to charge sales tax on services anyway; you may not be buying an item per se but you are still buying something!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:16 AM on Mar. 28, 2010

  • Some states tax labor as well.
    Property tax wouldn't be fair because renters don't directly pay for property taxes, they just pay a portion of it in escalations.
    Sales tax won't be a big winner because there are still a few states that don't have sales tax and that will be a HUGE deal for those people. One of them is Montana and Baucus better run for cover because the voters will turn out in masses to get rid of his a$$, even if they can't overturn this power grab.
    It seems the only way to make it up and be "fair" about it is to tax each particular industry. This will be horrible for business.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:48 AM on Mar. 28, 2010

  • Please ONLY tax people who voted for Obama.

    The rest of us don't deserve it.
    mustbeGRACE

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 12:21 PM on Mar. 28, 2010

  • Thats a given and it will happen more and more as states are dumped on with the responsibility to figure out haw to pay for this influx of medicaid enrollees soon to come. This should be a state business but not after being dictated to by the government. Obma says we will do it this way and you have to spend this much but you have to figure out how. He just wants to say "It wasn't me who raised your taxes". First he lowers Americans standard of living, dumps 4 million jobs, doing next to nothing to help the unemployed and then he ties them to an entitlement with no way in the forseeable future of a way out, then says Don't worry, we are the government and we are here to save you. Ugh! Sicko
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 12:48 PM on Mar. 28, 2010

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