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August's #DMATaxFacts

by DMA Staff | Aug 31, 2015

Did you know that Kansas imposes a tax on hot air balloons that are tethered to the ground as opposed to those that are not. Those rides with tethered balloons are considered amusement while the 'normal' balloon rides are considered a legitimate form of air transportation.


"The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax." Did you know, this quote is attributed to Albert Einstein as told by his tax preparer & friend Leo Mattersdorf? That is why businesses and individuals spend billions every year on tax preparation.


Did you know, some European governments during the Middle Ages placed a tax on soap? This tax held true for a very long time and was not repealed in Great Britain till 1835.


Did you know that blocks of ice can be taxed differently than normal ice cubes? In eleven states, bags of ice cubes are not taxed because they are considered a food item while ice blocks are considered more recreational in nature (sculpting).


Did You Know, from 1696-1851, England placed a special tax on homes based on the number of windows it had? This led to very few windows in new construction and subsequent health problems.


Did you know in 1705, Russian Emperor Peter the Great put a tax‬ on beards hoping men would shave and take up the Western European look more prevalent at the time?

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