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Weird tax facts in each of the 50 states

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With tax season comes a parade of obscure tax laws — some complicated, others just plain bizarre.

The tax code covers almost any person, scenario or object you can imagine.

Take bows and arrows, for example. By decree of Uncle Sam, bow manufacturers must pay an 11 percent tax on any bow with a "peak draw weight of 30 pounds or more."

And if the arrow shafts are longer than 18 inches? That's an additional fee.

It's all part of a a federal tax code detailed in about 2,700 pages of statutes.

Put the federal tax rules next to state rules, however, and suddenly the national regulations become sane and sensible.

The team at Credio, a personal finance data site covering investment advisors, consumers banks and more, set out to find the weirdest, strangest tax law in each state, with an emphasis on the surprising numbers behind the laws. In one state, for example, people over 100 years old are exempt from income taxes. In another, bachelors between 21 and 50 must pay $1 per year.

The Credio team also ordered the list from lowest to highest median income, and noted each state's tax rate at that level of income.

With that said, here are the weirdest tax laws in each state.
 

#50. Mississippi

 

Median Income: $35,521
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 4.00%

Retail sales of livestock are exempt from the state sales tax.

#49. West Virginia

 

Median Income: $39,552
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 4.50%

West Virginia requires stores that sell sparklers and party poppers to pay $15 for a "Certificate to Sell Sparklers and Novelties."

#48. Alabama

 

Median Income: $42,278
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 5.00%

Residents still pay a Confederate veterans tax, despite the fact that all Civil War veterans are long dead. Today, the tax supports the Confederate Memorial Park.

#47. Louisiana

 

Median Income: $42,406
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 4.00%

Every September, Louisiana enjoys a Second Amendment sales tax holiday. Hunting supplies, ammunition and firearms are all exempt from state and local sales taxes.

#46. Kentucky

 

Median Income: $42,786
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 5.80%

Kentucky requires a 6 percent sales tax on thoroughbred stud fees. The state spreads the proceeds across multiple funds used to incentivize horse breeding operations.

#45. Tennessee

 

Median Income: $43,716
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 6.00%

Feed for livestock is exempt from the state's 7 percent sales tax.

#44. Arkansas

 

Median Income: $44,922
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 7.00%

Arkansas charges a 6 percent tax on any body piercings, tattoos, or electrolysis.

#43. South Carolina

 

Median Income: $44,929
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 7.00%

Any meat packer or butcher in the state can get a $50 rebate by donating a deer carcass to a charity, which will be used to feed the hungry.

#42. Florida

 

Median Income: $46,140
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 0.00%

Many developers take advantage of Florida's "greenbelt law" by temporarily leasing land being developed to cattle ranchers. They will then receive "agricultural use" tax breaks in a tax strategy that's come to be known as "rent-a-cow."

#41. New Mexico

 

Median Income: $46,686
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 4.90%

Due to the fact that many retirees choose to settle down there, New Mexico exempts the income of persons at least 100 years old from income tax.

#40. North Carolina

 

Median Income: $46,784
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 5.75%

A "white goods disposal tax" of $3.00 is collected for the disposal of certain appliances, which includes refrigerators, stoves and water heaters.

#39. Oklahoma

 

Median Income: $47,199
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 5.25%

Unlike many states, Oklahoma taxes groceries in full. That said, the state offers credits to offset food taxes for some of the population.

#38. Indiana

 

Median Income: $48,060
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 3.30%

Groceries are generally excluded from sales tax and defined as "food that is only cut, repackaged or pasteurized by the seller" such as eggs, fish, meat and poultry that require cooking before consumption.

#37. Arizona

 

Median Income: $49,254
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 3.36%

Ice cubes are exempt from sales tax because they are used in mixed drinks. Blocks of ice, however, are taxable.

#36. Georgia

 

Median Income: $49,555
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 6.00%

Georgia places a 23 percent tax on the wholesale price of cigars.

#35. Ohio

 

Median Income: $49,644
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 3.70%

Audiovisual products (such as movies), audio products (such as songs), and books delivered electronically will now be taxed. This includes services like Netflix and Hulu, as well as Kindle ebooks.

#34. Nevada

 

Median Income: $49,875
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 0.00%

If an artist develops original art for a customer under a contract, sales tax does not apply. The transaction counts as a "professional service." The state also gives out a deck of cards for free to anyone who files a tax return.

#33. Montana

 

Median Income: $51,102
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 6.90%

Residents can receive a 35 percent rebate on renewable energy installation in the form of tax credits.

#32. Maine

 

Median Income: $51,710
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 7.95%

Maine charges a "Blueberry Tax" of 1.5 cents per pound of wild blueberries. This additional cost is usually passed on to consumers.

#31. Michigan

 

Median Income: $52,005
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 4.25%

Michigan charges sales tax on prepackaged food items sold at "to-go" restaurants.

#30. South Dakota

 

Median Income: $53,053
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 0.00%

All sales of products and services to city or volunteer fire and ambulance departments are exempt from sales taxes.

#29. Idaho

 

Median Income: $53,438
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 7.40%

A part-time resident (such as a "snowbird") must file a tax return with Idaho if their gross income while a resident is more than $2,500.

#28. Kansas

 

Median Income: $53,444
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 4.60%

The state doesn't charge sales tax for untethered hot air balloon rides but does for balloons tethered to the ground during the ride.

#27. Texas

 

Median Income: $53,875
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 0.00%

Belts sold in Texas are tax exempt, but belt buckles are not. Some cowboy boots and hiking boots are also exempt from the state sales tax.

#26. New York

 

Median Income: $54,310
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 6.45%

The sale of whole bagels in New York isn't subject to sales tax. But add on the 8.875 percent tax if you get it sliced. The bagel then falls under the "processed foods" category.

#25. Illinois

 

Median Income: $54,916
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 3.75%

Candy made without flour, such as Twix, is not taxed. Snickers &amp M&ampMs do include flour, triggering an additional 5 percent tax as a result.

#24. Pennsylvania

 

Median Income: $55,173
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 3.07%

PA adds an additional 18 percent "Flood Tax" for every bottle of alcohol sold. Originally signed into law to help rebuild Johnstown after the devastating flood of 1936, the law remains in effect to this today.

#23. Wyoming

 

Median Income: $55,690
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 0.00%

When a tool is lost down a drilling hole or damaged beyond repair during the pre-production phase of the oil well, and the customer is required to pay for the tool, the charge for the tool lost or damaged will not be subject to sales tax.

#22. Missouri

 

Median Income: $56,630
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 6.00%

Single men between the ages of 21 and 50 must pay a $1 annual tax. The law was enacted in 1820, presumably to encourage more men to marry.

#21. Nebraska

 

Median Income: $56,870
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 6.84%

A dealer must pay a drug tax of $100 per ounce of marijuana or other controlled substances to the Department of Revenue immediately upon possession. In practice, however, the tax has been difficult to enforce.

#20. Delaware

 

Median Income: $57,522
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 5.55%

Given the low 8.7 percent flat tax on corporations, Delaware is home to about half of the country's publicly traded companies.

#19. Iowa

 

Median Income: $57,810
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 7.92%

The control units that operate catheters are exempt from Iowa taxes.

#18. Wisconsin

 

Median Income: $58,080
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 6.27%

Wisconsin charges residents for "internet access services" if the customer's "place of primary use" is in the state. Put another way, any internet service over $50 per month is taxable.

#17. Rhode Island

 

Median Income: $58,633
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 3.75%

Rhode Island includes emojis on the state's personal income tax form.

#16. Oregon

 

Median Income: $58,875
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 9.00%

Recreational marijuana sold in medical dispensaries is now subject to a 25 percent sales tax.

#15. Washington

 

Median Income: $59,068
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 0.00%

Washington charges an annual registration renewal fee of $100 for electric plug-in car owners, though certain less expensive models are exempt.

#14. California

 

Median Income: $60,487
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 9.30%

Fresh fruit specifically bought from a vending machine is taxable at 33 percent in California, according to analysis in "Federal Tax Research" by Sawyers, Raabe, et. al.

#13. Vermont

 

Median Income: $60,708
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 6.80%

Soft drinks and most beverages with natural or artificial sweeteners are taxable at 6 percent, including maple syrup.

#12. North Dakota

 

Median Income: $60,730
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 2.27%

North Dakota imposes a 5 percent tax to the gross value of all oil produced at a well. That said, the tax does not apply to oil produced by an American Indian holding within reservation boundaries.

#11. Colorado

 

Median Income: $60,940
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 4.63%

Coffee cup lids — but not the coffee cup itself — are considered "nonessential packaging" and are taxed at 2.9 percent.

#10. Massachusetts

 

Median Income: $63,151
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 5.15%

Boston requires a 5 percent tax on the purchase of tickets for "any water or land based sightseeing tourist venue" operating in Boston.

#9. Utah

 

Median Income: $63,383
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 5.00%

Since 2004, Utah has charged a 10 percent tax on escort services and strip clubs.

#8. New Jersey

 

Median Income: $65,243
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 5.53%

Pumpkins sold as decorations are subject to sales tax. If a customer actually plans to consume the pumpkin, however, the sale is tax-free.

#7. Virginia

 

Median Income: $66,155
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 6.27%

During Virginia's Tax Free Holiday Week, fur coats, hurricane preparedness supplies and insole inserts for shoes are exempt from sales tax if they cost less than $100.

#6. Minnesota

 

Median Income: $67,244
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 7.05%

Clothing is exempt from Minnesota's sales tax, except for fur and sports clothing. That said, snowmobile attire, karate uniforms, and bowling shirts and shoes are nontaxable.

#5. Alaska

 

Median Income: $67,629
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 0.00%

Alaska is the only state that does not collect state sales tax or levy an individual income tax. To finance state operations, Alaska depends primarily on petroleum revenues. (Individual localities are still allowed to charge their own sales taxes.)

#4. Connecticut

 

Median Income: $70,161
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 5.50%

Children's disposable and reusable diapers are considered clothing and, as a result, are subject to a 6.35 percent sales tax.

#3. Hawaii

 

Median Income: $71,223
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 8.25%

Hawaii residents can claim up to $3,000 in personal income tax deductions for expenses related to maintaining "exceptional" trees on private property.

#2. New Hampshire

 

Median Income: $73,397
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 5.00%

New Hampshire's 5 percent flat rate income tax only applies to interest and dividend income. The state relies heavily on property taxes for the majority of its income, and it has one of the highest property taxes in the country.

#1. Maryland

 

Median Income: $76,165
 
Tax Rate for Median Income: 4.75%

Homeowners using a septic system in Maryland pay a fee of $60 a year. The money is put towards the Bay Restoration Fund to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

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