The recession brought us all kinds of great deals – from cheap homes to lobster at lunchmeat prices – but it also brought a fresh wave of ridiculous taxes and fees.
While you were rummaging around the bargain bins, government bean counters were peeping in your pockets to see how they could fill their budget gaps with your money.
From candy to cows and strippers to sparklers – they want to charge you extra for it.
So, we decided to take a look at the 12 wackiest taxes ever.
-SLICED BAGEL TAX
Ah, morning. A time to pick up a fresh bagel with cream cheese – and your first tax of the day.
New York, a leader in wacky taxes, said it plans to enforce a weird tax law that requires delis and other vendors to impose an extra tax on sliced bagels or bagels consumed in stores. (If you buy a whole bagel and slice it at home, it doesn’t count.)
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