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America's Strangest Taxes

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Even travelers can't escape these strange state taxes.

Air Tax, Pennsylvania

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We swear this tax wasn’t implemented on April Fool’s Day. In the Keystone State, coin-operated vacuum vending machines are indeed subject to a “use” tax. So if you like to keep a clean car—or can’t wrap your head around paying a tax on oxygen and nitrogen—it makes sense to exit Pennsylvania before taking yours to the car wash.

America's Strangest Taxes

Air Tax, Pennsylvania

We swear this tax wasn’t implemented on April Fool’s Day. In the Keystone State, coin-operated vacuum vending machines are indeed subject to a “use” tax. So if you like to keep a clean car—or can’t wrap your head around paying a tax on oxygen and nitrogen—it makes sense to exit Pennsylvania before taking yours to the car wash.

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