Henry David Thoreau was on of the first if not thee first man to practice passive resistance. Thoreau chose to spend a night in jail rather than pay what he considered an unfair tax. Thoreau acted this way in order to protest the United States's war with Mexico and slavery for which the monies from the tax would proceed.
Thoreau was jailed but was released the next day when an unidentified person came to the jail to pay his debt. This angered Thoreau because he had hoped to use the opportunity to raise awareness to his cause.
Nonetheless, he reluctantly left his jail cell. The experience later inspired Thoreau to write his essay Resistance to Civil Government, which was later renamed in which Civil Disobedience, in which he argues that it is sometimes necessary to disobey the law in order to protest unjust government actions.
This is such a powerful lesson even today. If you can find sometime to read the essay it is about 16 pages.
United States revenue stamps for the motor vehicle use tax were used from February 1942 through June 1946. During World War II, there were serious wartime shortages, including gasoline. The US government imposed the motor vehicle use tax to encourage people to use public transportation and to help pay for the war efforts. The cost for these stamps were 42 cents per month or $5 per year. These stamps were placed on the inside windshield as evidence of the payment of such tax. These stamps were expensive considering the national minimal wage was 52 cents per hour.
Some of the widest range of tax reforms and increases are to start over the next 4 months that generated over 1 billion dollars to the US treasury annually to aid in balancing the budget after major spending on welfare programs for unemployed individuals due to the depression, amongst the large number of new taxes were the New Electricity Tax, and Special Excise Taxes on Soap, Automobile Tires, Chewing Gum, New Admissions Tax at the Movie Theaters and Sports Venues, Gift Tax and Higher Personal Taxes.
June 6, 1932 : The first federal gasoline tax ( All US States had a gas tax prior to this starting with Oregon in 1919 ) was created with the enactment of the Revenue Act of 1932 with a tax of 1 cent/gal.
Fast forward to today we pay 18.40 cents/gal for gasoline and 24.40 cents/gal for diesel. Rumor has it that our current President is backing a plan to increase the Federal tax by 35 cents/gal and dedicate those funds to fund his infrastructure plans (building "The Wall").
Wisconsin is one of just a few states that tax internet access. That's illegal according to federal law, but Wisconsin secured a grandfather exemption and can continue the tax through 2020. During the dial-up era Wisconsin Residents paid double tax, they also paid a phone tax.
Roman emperor Vespasian placed a tax on urine in the first century A.D. Urine at that time was collected and used as a source of ammonia for tanning hides, laundering garments and to clean and whiten their teeth. It actually worked to clean and whiten teeth. It was said that the "best" urine came from Portugal since their urine was the strongest.
The tax was paid by the purchaser of the urine!
This is a tax on athletes who play in different cities and states. Did you know this first started in 1991 after California started taxing the earnings of Chicago Bulls players? It was in the 1991 NBA Finals when the LA Lakers played the Chicago Bulls in the Finals that year (which the Bulls won in 5 games). Illinois retaliated and soon nearly every state added their own version of this tax because they love money!
Really? They got beat at Home and the State's Response was to Punish their pockets... Did they not know that other States could do the same thing? This Petty move generated to California in 2013 over $200 Million in Income Tax from athletes. It is estimated that almost 45% of athletes salaries are paid to taxing authorities.
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