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1. Tax on leaving the country. Japan

Leaving the country tax was introduced in Japan in 2019. This fee is automatically included in the cost of air and railway tickets. Tax amount – 1,000 yen ($ 9.2, 680 rubles)… Contributions for leaving the country to the state treasury of Japan must be paid by both citizens of this state and foreigners.

The following are exempted from this tax:

  • transit passengers (leaving the country within 24 hours after arrival);
  • children under 2 years of age;
  • ambassadors of foreign states;
  • state guests.

It was originally planned that about 50 billion yen would come to the Japanese budget from this tax annually. The officials promise to spend money on equipping airports with facial recognition devices (in order to increase the level of security), as well as to expand the list of services in foreign languages ​​at tourist sites.

2. Tax on the use of social networks. Uganda

The tax on the use of social networks and messengers was introduced in Uganda in 2018 at the initiative of the President of this country, Yoweri Museveni. The reason for the introduction of this tax lies in the fact that, according to the leaders of the state, too much “gossip” is spread through social networks (most likely, this means criticism of the authorities, justified and unfounded).

The tax covered the use of 60 different platforms (Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, Twitter, etc.). Tax amount is 200 Ugandan shillings (about 3.5 rubles)… Tax charged daily through mobile operators.

Uganda is home to about 41 million people. Approximately 17 million of them use the Internet. After the tax was introduced, the number of Internet users fell by 2.5 million.

Human rights defenders and opposition figures in Uganda have routinely talked about the infringement of freedom of speech. The situation is further complicated by the fact that there is no banking system in the country. Ugandans make money transfers to each other using smartphones. After the introduction of the new tax, the number of money transfers via Internet services decreased by 25%.

3. Tax on the sun. Bolear Islands (Spain)

“Tax on the sun” – so they are conventionally called feesthat are charged from tourists on the Bolear Islands (Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, Formentera) belonging to Spain.

Vacationers must pay this tax directly to the hotel reception. The amount of tax depends on the category of the tourist establishment. In 2018, the tax rate fluctuated from 2 to 4 euros per day per person… 2 euros was charged from guests of one-, two- and three-star hotels, 4 euros – from tourists staying in hotels “4 stars superior”, “5 stars” and “5 stars deluxe”.

If a person settles in a hotel for a long period (for example, for “wintering” from November 1 to April 30), then he is provided with an impressive discount (75% of the tax due). For stays of more than 9 days in the same hotel, a discount is also possible (in the amount of 50% starting from the 9th day). Children under 16 years of age (inclusive) are generally exempted from paying the “sun tax”.

4. Tax on the Shadow, Venice (Italy)

If somewhere in the world there is a tax on the sun, then there must certainly be a tax on the shade. And he is! The shadow tax was introduced by the city of Venice. He must be paid owners of hotels, inns, shops, cafes, bars and so on. The rate of this strange tax is about 4.5 euros for everyone square meter of the building’s shadow or tents installed near it on a city street.

The legislators, apparently, reasoned as follows. The larger the building of a hotel or hotel, the more it serves tourists and, accordingly, gets more profit. At the same time, such a building casts more shadow. Therefore, the owner of such a profitable object must pay more taxes to the city treasury.

Interestingly, the city authorities of Venice levy a tax on shadow-casting objects of tourist infrastructure not only in sunny weather, but also on cloudy days (when there may not be a shadow as such). The collected money is used to maintain the architectural monuments located in the city in proper condition (which, by the way, attract tourists for the owners of hotels, shops and cafes).

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5. Tax on entertainment. India

In the recent past, in various states of India, authorities levied taxes on visitors to various entertainment events (cinema, theaters, exhibitions, parks, sports events, etc.). The logic of the legislators, most likely, was this: if a person has money to have fun, he will certainly have the money to replenish the state treasury a little. The tax rate on entertainment in certain regions of the country reached 110% of the ticket price for the event.

In 2017, India underwent a massive tax reform. The government of this country has introduced a single Goods and services tax (so called consumption tax). Its rate ranges from 0 to 28%. So, purchase cinema ticketsworth less than Rs 100 now taxed at rate eighteen%, cinema tickets worth more than 100 rupees – at a rate 28%

6. Tax on fat. Japan

In 2008, Japan passed the so-called Metabo Law. “Metabo” is the polite name for a person who is overweight. According to this law, all Japanese citizens are required to undergo an annual medical examination, during which they, among other things, measure their waist. According to the norms adopted in the country, at healthy a man’s waist should not exceed 90 cm, healthy women – 80 cm.

If the examined person does not fit within the normal range, then he is politely recommended to lose weight. If within six months a person cannot lose weight by his own efforts, then he is recommended to attend healthy eating courses or special physical exercises are prescribed.

A responsibility for the health of citizens assigned in Japan, not on the people themselves, but on the them employers… They are the ones who must ensure that the company’s employees eat right and do not lead a sedentary lifestyle. Penalties for companies that do not care about the health of their employees can achieve $ 19 million

7. Tax on civil marriages. Tianjin (China)

China has been famous for strong marriages for several thousand years. Men and women here formed alliances in their youth and lived together for the rest of their lives. However, modern free trends have not spared the Celestial Empire. More and more young people in China today prefer to live together without official marriage registration (they easily converge with each other and easily disperse).

To support the thousand-year tradition of a strong family, the authorities in the Chinese city of Tianzin decided to impose a tax on those people who live together without official registration. This tax was introduced in 1996. Its sum is 1,000 RMB per year (this is about 11,000 rubles).

How do the authorities find out that this or that couple is living in a civil marriage without registering the relationship? As it should be in such cases, they are informed about this by more conscious fellow citizens.

8. Tax on tattoos. State of Arkansas, USA

According to statistics, one in three Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 has a body tattoo. And this is fraught with certain problems. In pursuit of fashion, as well as the desire to save money, many people turn to non-professional tattoo artists. Drawings on the body (as well as piercings) are often applied to them in semi-underground conditions. This situation is fraught with the possibility of getting a dangerous disease (from AIDS to hepatitis and tuberculosis).

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While the liberal democratic regions of the United States are thinking about how to solve this problem, it seems that the conservative state of Arkansas has already found a way out. A person who wishes to modify his body (tattoo on his skin, make a puncture, etc.) must pay a special tax to the state treasury. The amount of such tax is 6% of the cost of the procedure

9. Barbecue Tax. Wallonia County (Belgium)

The next original tax should make the army of Russian kebabs think about the correctness of their actions. The fact is that the authorities of the administrative district of Wallonia (in Belgium) have already introduced a special tax for those people who like to cook barbecue (fry meat over an open fire).

This is how Belgians contribute to fight against global warming… Environmentalists have calculated that in the process of grilling food, from 50 to 100 g of carbon dioxide is emitted into the atmosphere. Gradually accumulating in the atmosphere, this gas creates the so-called greenhouse effect, which leads to an increase in temperature on the Earth’s surface.

The person who still decided to cook a barbecue must additionally pay the state 20 euros… Such a contribution will need to be made every time after cooking, even if a person makes a fire on his own lawn.

10. Tax on peace. Guinea

Until 1958, Guinea (one of the states in Africa) was colonially dependent on France. After gaining independence, this country did not wage wars with anyone. However, the population of this state (for the most part living below the poverty line) is forced to pay the so-called peace tax to their government. That is, for the fact that it is not at war with anyone.

Peace tax in Guinea is about 17 euros per year from of each human (about 1,500 rubles). For the average Guinean, this is a pretty solid amount. With that kind of money, you can buy as much as 34 kg of coffee in this country.


Post Author: Rachel Reinbauer

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