A tax is a compulsory levy imposed upon a worker or an
organization by a governmental parastatal in order to fund various
public expenditures. Taxing is a healthy investment for any nation and
it is mandatory that all working citizens of any nation should pay tax.
But in some crazy kind of ways, some countries have gone extra mile to
impose taxes on their citizens of which some of these taxes are bizarre
or rather ridiculous.
Tax for Witchcraft in Romania
and soothsaying is a hot cake and a booming business in Romania, a
nation where superstitious beliefs are still very much recognized.
This business have been trending for so long in the country but the
national government never paid much attention to it until much latter.
The business attracted the government attention when the nation found
itself in recession.
To generate more income for the nation, the government imposed taxes on several occupations that were previously not tax recognized. This included questionable jobs like diving instructors, valets, embalmers, witches and fortunetellers. According to the law, they were all required to pay 16 percent of their income as tax.
This law brought a lot of divided opinions among Romanian witches -with some seeing it as a good thing that at least their occupations is recognized by the government while others felt the government shouldn't have and even threatened to cast spell on government.
Tax for owning a Dogs in Switzerland
was surprising to most people when they learnt that in France,
traveling with pets most especially dogs within the country, requires you buying extra train tickets.
But that will be less ridiculous when you compare it with the law
imposed in Switzerland. If you are planning on settling in Switzerland
and desired to own a dog as pet, then be prepared to pay an annual dog
tax if you don't want your dog to get shot or yourself locked behind bars.
It is mandatory in this country that a dog owner must pay dog taxes
annually. However, the tax has no fixed rate and it totally depends on
the size of the animal.
Social Media tax in Uganda
this look like a tyranny? it means you can't even enjoy your leisure
time on the internet or send and receive any important messages at any
point in time or purchase goods on any social media platform without
paying for it. In my own opinion, i see this as a tyranny and an
encroachment into a citizens personal freedom.
Social media tax was introduced in Uganda on June 1, 2018. This highly controversial tax required citizens using
social media apps like Whatsapp, Facebook, instagram and Twitter to pay
200 shillings per day of usage except on days they didn't use these apps at all.
long serving president of Uganda Yoweri
Museveni, stated that the tax was necessary to
counter the threat of gossiping among citizens on social media. Stating
that the money recovered from the tax
would allow the nation cope with the consequences of gossiping. However
this law wasn't popular, the nation's citizens were resolute to
disobeying it because they saw it as violation of human rights.
Religion taxes in Germany
philosophies have actually gone against the standards of Christ of
which most of you will not agree less. Christianity is always a corrupt
practice when there are human ideologies in the church rather than the
divine standards set by Christ. Lots of people claimed to imitate Christ
yet going against the standards laid by that Christ which they claimed
imitate. This is actually hypocritical in my opinion.
Germany Catholicism and Protestantism are the most dominant faith among
German citizens. They take up the highest percentage of all beliefs in
the German nation. The German government thought it was nice imposing
tax on members of these beliefs in order to raise funds for these
churches. It was imposed that every citizens as long as they are
Catholics or Protestants, should not avoid paying this tax except they
officially leave the church. However, this law went well with many but
not with others.
Tax for Breathing in Venezuela
does not actually mean that every citizen must pay for the air they
breathe anyway. However, Venezuela actually imposed a special “breathing
tax” of 127 bolivars which equivalent to ($20) on any passenger flying
out of Maiquetia International Airport in Caracas. The government
stated that the tax was necessary to offset the cost of the newly
installed air filtration system at the airport.
filtration system is said to sanitizes and deodorizes the airport and
prevent the growth of microorganisms, thus protecting the health and
well being of all passengers. Many citizen of the country frown or
rather mocked at the government for doing that because they saw it as a
way to raise money for the airport as a result of the airports