History has taught us that it is possible to impose taxes on almost anything, though it does not always bring positive results in the form of revenue. After all, as Benjamin Franklin said: In this world only inevitable death and taxes … We present to you the 10 most ridiculous taxes in the world.
1. Belgium: tax on cooking on the grill.
In 2007, the local government of Wallonia, which is home to about 3.5 million people, have decided to tax the cooking on the grill to fight global warming …. It is believed that during the grill cooking into atmosphere from 50 to 100 grams of greenhouse gases. Therefore razhdy inhabitants of this region of Belgium before the Kindle in the backyard barbecue, must now pay a fee of EUR 20. You probably immediately think, well, they will check whether I grill or not?However, the authorities of Wallonia are taken very seriously by checking the fulfillment of the law, and help them in this helicopter with thermal imaging cameras.
2. US tax on tanning.
The US government has decided to take care of the health of its citizens. One of the elements of health care reform, carried out in 2007 the administration of President Barack Obama, was a tax on tanning. Today, every American who wants a solarium, forced to pay an additional fee of 10 percent of the cost of services.
3. Estonia tax digestive gases from the intestines of cows.
This is definitely one of the most absurd taxes, of which you have ever heard. In 2008, the Estonian government decided to introduce a new tax for breeders of cows. According to officials, these animals their gases heavily pollute the air. Interesting, but this tax is not touched breeders of other animals, which also play a “significant contribution” in the form of emissions of gases having a greenhouse effect.
4. South Africa: a tax on skills development.
So tax levied in South Africa all entrepreneurs who have employees. Tax rate – 1 per cent of the salary of all employees. The purpose of this tax was to be the development of workers’ skills, especially among the black population.
5. Greece tax pool.
In Greece, a swimming pool in the yard of a private house is considered a luxury. Therefore, every home owner with a swimming pool is required to pay tax at a rate of about 800 euros per year. Many residents of Athens who do not want to pay this tax, its harbor basins under tarpaulins color of grass.
6. Austria: a tax on plaster.
Austrian Alps – an ideal place for those who love to ski and snowboard. Every year about 150,000 skiers gets in Austrian hospitals with fractures and other injuries. For this reason, the government decided to introduce a tourist tax on so-called gypsum, which is collected by the owners of hotels and resorts.
7. Balearic Islands: a tax on the sun.
Tax on the sun are required to pay all the tourists who come to Mallorca, Menorca and other Balearic Islands. The fee is low, only 1 euro per day. The money spent on local authorities to improve tourism infrastructure. To note, in 2012, the Balearic Islands visited more than 10 million tourists, so that theproceeds of this tax – it’s a good source of income of the local budget.
In the photo: expensive Balearic sunshine.
8. China: a tax on chopsticks.
Every year in China is used to eating about 45 billion disposable chopsticks, which are harvested for the production of 25 million trees. For this reason, the authorities decided to introduce a special 5 percent tax when buying disposable bamboo chopsticks. This is done to ensure that people are more willing to use reusable chopsticks made of plastic. Unfortunately, for the Chinese tradition was more important than the economic feasibility.
9. Venice: a tax on the shadow.
In 1993, the government decided to tax the Venice restaurant owners and shopkeepers, property which casts a shadow on the territory belonging to the city. After the introduction of the “shadow tax” many owners decided to dismantle various shading devices (tents, awnings) from the walls of their buildings.
10. Hungary: a tax on junk food.
“Chipsovy tax” came into force in Hungary on 1 September 2011. They are subject to various packaged food such as crisps, savory biscuits, sweet biscuits, cakes in the package, as well as energy drinks. Thus, the Hungarian government headed by Prime Minister Orban wants to make food healthier Hungarian citizens.