Taxes, we love to hate them. They cause more conflict than anything else on Earth. In fact, the majority of wars have been waged over money and taxes. Even conflicts like the American Civil War that are typically taught from a strong ideological standpoint of “right versus wrong” were actually influenced heavily by taxation. Throughout history there has not been a single known civilization that hasn’t taxed its citizens in some way or another. They all required tax. While these days taxes are fairly predictable, in the past there were some strange laws concerning what could and couldn’t be taxed. In Ancient Rome for example, urine was taxed because it was valuable for washing laundry (yes, they used it to wash laundry due to the ammonia in the urine). During the middle ages there were some kings that charged “coward taxes” to knights who didn’t want to fight in battle. It’s not like we’re completely exempt these days though. The IRS offers tax exemptions on ransom money. And it requires thieves to report they’re stolen property (although they can do so as “other income”). It’s a strange world we live in and our tax laws reflect that. These are 25 strange tax laws you would probably have issues with.
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