Tax is one of the revenues for the state. Taxes are collected from the people which will be used to finance the interests of the general public. Like, education, health, housing, subsidies, construction of public facilities, and others. Taxes come from the people, are managed by the state and used for the people’s interests.
The types of taxes in Indonesia are very diverse. There is an income tax that levies certain income according to the higher tariffs on the greater income. Value added tax and luxury goods apply to the transaction of sale of goods and sale of luxury goods. There is also a building land tax that is levied on land and buildings that stand on it. This type of tax is managed by the local government. But in other parts of the world there are different types of taxes that will make us frown when we hear it.
Unusual types of taxes that have been removed
Urinary Tax, the Ancient Romans had a different perspective on urine. Because for them urine looks much more useful compared to the present. While today we flush or are ignored with complete sincerity, in ancient times, urine was considered a valuable commodity. Urine contains various minerals and important chemicals such as phosphorus and potassium.
The Romans believed that urine would whiten teeth and prevent bad breath so they used it as an oral antiseptic drug and a mixture to make toothpaste. The use of urine in toothpaste and mouthwash until the 1700s.
Urine will produce ammonia when mixed with air. In Roman times, this was later used for laundry. Because of its ammonia content, urine is also important for the textile industry, which was a very popular trade during the Roman Empire. Urine is often used to whiten wool or linen and brown skin.
With many of these functions the Romans collected urine from public toilets and from house toilets for sale to industry. With this function, the Roman Empire imposed a tax on the urine collector.
Single Tax, Alone is a choice but single is a fate, so guess the joke of today’s children. However, in 1820 ago, the state of Missouri in the US imposed a tax for single men aged 21-50 years. The tax charged is US $ 1 per year. The longer you are single, the more tax you have to pay. Some countries even had time to apply this single tax, such as Germany, South Africa, and Italy, but were later removed.
Window Taxes, Windows are the easiest ventilation for homes. The house will be fresher and not stuffy when you have lots of windows. In the 18th and 19th centuries, countries such as England, France, Ireland, and Scotland introduced a window tax. The tax will be charged based on the number of windows in a house or building. The purpose of this tax is to target the rich who used to live in luxury homes with many windows. However, due to a lot of opposition, this tax was later removed.
Tattoo Tax, Body tattoo art alias tattoo has become a lifestyle for many people and tribes in the world. Tattoos are considered as a means of expressing yourself, beliefs, and outlook on life. However, who would have thought there was a tax applied to tattoos? Since 2002, the state of Arkansas in the US has imposed a tax of 6 percent for tattoo services provided by tattoo studios.
Unusual types of tax that still apply today
Breathing Tax, This tax is one of the weirdest taxes in the world. Enacted since 2014, this breathing tax in Venezuela is $ 20 or equivalent to Rp. 280 thousand per person. Please note, not everyone is taxed. Only those who will travel by plane, because the cost of air purification is not cheap. Well, this policy makes people furious because the cost of boarding flights is increasing rapidly.
Paranormal tax, another strange tax in the world is a tax for psychics in Romania. Unmitigated, the amount of tax forecaster, shaman, and magic practice is taxed at 16% of the income per year earned. This tax is imposed because many Romans who carry out the profession remain paranormal.
Tax on Use of Social Media Applications. As one of the efforts made to reduce the spread of hoaks, Uganda applies a tax for the use of social media. No half-hearted, Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, and Instagram applications are subject to tax. And to access the application users are subject to a tax of $ 0.05 or equivalent to Rp700 per day per application. Imagine if in Indonesia it applies guys, it could run out of money to buy cilok to pay taxes.
Tax installation of content in the blog. In Indonesia, the world of blogging is growing rapidly without obstacles