The winner of the first season of the American show “Survivor”, Richard Hatch, served 4 years in prison for tax evasion after failing to report his winnings to the IRS.
Bill Gates loves paying taxes. In 2018, he paid over $10 billion in taxes but stated he should be paying more. In an interview, Gates said, “I’ve paid more taxes, over $10 billion, than anyone else, but the government should require people in my position to pay significantly higher taxes.”
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.