A man in Charlotte, North Carolina spent $1,200 to convert his diesel car to run on vegetable oil. He was fined $1,000 by the state for not paying gasoline taxes, and told he would need to post a $2,500 bond before using the oil.
H&R Block once discovered that their own taxes were too complex for them to manage.
IKEA is legally a “nonprofit” organization — a designation which dramatically reduces its tax burden — despite reported global sales of €26bn (≈$28B) annually.
President Nixon, after many years of refusing to release his tax returns for review, said “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I am not a crook.” After the investigation, he was forced to pay $465,000 in back taxes he owed.
Franklin D Roosevelt called for a maximum wage of $25,000 (about $365,000 in today’s money) and 100% tax on all earnings above that.
In Norway they publish their citizen’s annual tax returns online. If you accesses someone’s tax return, that person will receive a notification that someone’s checking on him.
Denmark charges a tax of 150% on all new car purchases.
Russia banned the sale of vodka during World War I. The government immediately lost a third of its income.
Ancient Romans used ammonia from urine to wash togas in a manner similar to modern day dry cleaning, and the collection of urine was taxed.
Angered by the IRS’s refusal to allow deductions for all three of his children, a man threatened to turn the raising of two of them over to the government.