What are 75 Taxes You Pay the Government?

Joe Messerli
By: Joe Messerli

“Congress can raise taxes because it can persuade a sizable fraction of the populace that somebody else will pay.” — Milton Friedman

“The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” — Will Rogers

Many politicians regularly make the argument that certain groups aren’t paying their “fair share” in taxes. Others will say they support tax increases only for the very rich. When government deficits balloon, it always seems to be pitched as a revenue problem rather than a spending problem. As more Americans rebel against higher taxes, politicians have become more innovative in the language they use. Instead of “tax”, they use words such as “fee”, “toll”, “license”, “surcharge”, and so on. Let’s examine a list of 75 types of taxes the government charges its citizens.

  1. Social Security tax (employee portion)
  2. Social Security tax (employer portion)
  3. Medicare tax
  4. Federal income tax
  5. State income tax
  6. Local income tax
  7. State sales tax
  8. Property taxes
  9. Capital gains tax
  10. Dividend taxes
  11. Hotel taxes
  12. Driver’s license renewal
  13. Auto plates fee
  14. Road/bridge tolls
  15. Cell phone taxes and surcharges
  16. Gas/electric surcharges
  17. Cigarette tax
  18. Tanning salon tax
  19. Water/sewer surcharges
  20. Alcohol tax
  21. Federal & state gasoline taxes
  22. Gift tax
  23. Corporate income tax
  24. Federal inheritance tax
  25. State inheritance tax
  26. Motorcycle license
  27. Bike license
  28. State park and nature trail permits
  29. Boat registration & license fees
  30. Soda tax
  31. Hunting license
  32. Fishing license
  33. Sports stadium/arena tax
  34. Dog permit/license
  35. Marriage license
  36. Court case filing fee
  37. New car surcharge and sales tax
  38. Obamacare health insurance mandate penalty
  39. Air transportation tax
  40. Electronic tax return filing fee
  41. Yacht/luxury item tax
  42. Jewelry taxes
  43. Passport application & renewal fee
  44. Gun permit
  45. Kiddie investment tax
  46. Special assessments for construction or road repair
  47. Gas guzzler car surcharge
  48. RV tax
  49. Waste management/disposal tax
  50. Plastic surgery tax
  51. School fees & taxes
  52. Alternative Minimum Tax
  53. Small business and individual Obamacare sucharge
  54. IRA/Retirement account rollover and early withdrawal penalties
  55. Gas & oil assessments
  56. Corporation organization and charter fees
  57. Federal unemployment tax
  58. State unemployment tax
  59. New business permits & filing fees
  60. Estimated income tax underpayment penalty
  61. Workers comp tax
  62. Medical device tax
  63. Prescription drug tax
  64. Gas/oil storage & inspection fees
  65. Business franchise fee
  66. Restaurant/hospitality business permit
  67. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation banking taxes
  68. Building permit
  69. Zoning permits & fees
  70. Concession/tourism license fee
  71. Electronic waste disposal fee
  72. Professional license fee (for doctors, lawyers, CPAs, etc.)
  73. Health Insurance company tax
  74. Obamacare tax on “Cadillac” health plans
  75. Import tariffs

“America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation.” — Dr. Laurence J. Peter

“Isn’t it appropriate that the month of the tax begins with April Fool’s Day and ends with cries of May Day!” –- Robert Knauerhase

Other Links That May Interest You

Full List of Obama’s Tax Hikes
10 Reasons Government is Less Efficient Than the Private Sector

10 Reasons Why Raising Tax Rates Decrease Total Revenue (and Vice Versa)

Last Modified: 8/4/2018

3 thoughts on “What are 75 Taxes You Pay the Government?

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  2. You forgot the most insidious tax of all – the INFLATION TAX. This one steals every second of every day with no fanfare.

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