In 1966, the Beatles were making so much money that they had to pay a 95% “supertax” on their earnings in the UK. After finding out how much money they were losing, Beatles guitarist George Harrison wrote the song “Taxman” out of anger.
22-yr-old Canadian man John McCue took it upon himself to fill potholes with the sign: “I filled the potholes. Pay me instead of your taxes.” Drivers gave him cash, coffee and joints for filling in potholes.
In the 1900s Argentina had a tax on unmarried men that included an exemption for single men who had proposed to a woman for marriage but were rejected. Women then started proposals rejection businesses where they would charge to turn down proposals from bachelors seeking to evade the tax.
ABBA’s famous outfits were chosen because of Swedish tax law. If they bought cloths for performance they could get a tax deduction, but they had to prove they couldn’t be worn on the street. According to Björn “we looked like nuts […] Nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as we were”.
In ancient Athens, only the 300 wealthiest citizens had to pay tax; this was considered a high honour, and taxpayers competed to provide the greatest public good.
A man named Frank Amodeo had a plan to become emperor of the world. He owned several private security firms employing 40,000 people, met with Bush in the white-house and regularly worked with intelligence agencies world wide. He was busted for tax fraud and he is currently in prison.
Many famous British artists, including Rod Stewart and the Rolling Stones, left the UK in the early 70s to avoid an 83% tax on the top bracket of their income.
Extremely high taxes ($5.85/pack) have made New York City the cigarette smuggling capital of America. 57% of cigarettes consumed are smuggled, usually from Virginia or North Carolina.
In 2016 one ultra rich individual moved from New Jersey to Florida and put the entire state budget of New Jersey at risk due to no longer paying state taxes.
In 1696, William III introduced a tax which required those living in houses with more than 6 windows to pay a levy.To avoid this, house owners would brick up all windows except 6. As the bricked-up windows prevented rooms from receiving any sunlight, the tax was known as daylight robbery.
Rep. Ed Orcutt suggested a CO₂ tax for cyclists/bikers because “they exercise and breathe hard and therefore exhale more CO₂”, claiming biking is bad for the environment.
Hitler was a chronic tax evader, and was even fined by his own government over it in 1934. He then got the tax department to declare him exempt from taxation.