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Apr 07, 2019 23:53:27

Interesting Tax

by @hiro | 206 words | 19🔥 | 252💌


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Now the tax deadline is approaching. I just finished a while ago and feel released so today I would like to talk about interesting tax.

  • Junk food tax  
    Navajo in Arizona, Hungary, and Mexico has an additional tax on junk food. I like this idea to encourage people to eat healthier food. 
  •  Traffic jam tax
    In England, there is an additional tax on specific freeways to discourage people to drive on those roads.
  • Single tax (= unmarried tax)
    This was introduced in Bulgaria from 1968 to 1989 to increase the population and workforce in the country by discouraging people to be a single. Interestingly the outcome of this tax was the opposite. Due to this tax, which is about 5 to 10% on their income, poorer young people became poorer and could not afford to get married. As a result, the birthrate was dropped from 2.18 before this tax to 1.86%.... oh, I am really happy to have this tax in the country I lived so far.
  •  Degree tax
    This was introduced in Austria to balance the income between the one with a degree and the one without degrees. I could not live with this tax.

People usually do not like taxes. I am wondering how we can think of the other way


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    @hiro I view taxes as a necessary evil. Sure, as you pointed out there are some beneficial taxes that help nudge society toward healthier outcomes. But then there are unintended consequences. Taxes should be out in the open and not hidden. For example, the price for a gallon of gas in the US includes a significant portion of taxes that are hidden in the final price.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 08, 2019 09:05:52
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      @brandonwilson I did not think much of the usage of tax...you are right. I would like to know where the tax I paid goes.

      Hiro avatar Hiro | Apr 09, 2019 00:27:32
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