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America's Strangest Taxes

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Even travelers can't escape these strange state taxes.

Fur Tax, Minnesota

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Sure, Minnesota winters are bone cold, yet local tax policy may make you think twice before bundling up in furs. All businesses in the state must pay a 6.5 percent tax on the sale of fur items such as coats and hats, and this fee gets passed directly on to tourists and locals alike. The tax also applies to the cost of shipping fur—so even out-of-staters have to ante up.

America's Strangest Taxes

Fur Tax, Minnesota

Sure, Minnesota winters are bone cold, yet local tax policy may make you think twice before bundling up in furs. All businesses in the state must pay a 6.5 percent tax on the sale of fur items such as coats and hats, and this fee gets passed directly on to tourists and locals alike. The tax also applies to the cost of shipping fur—so even out-of-staters have to ante up.

© Karpov Sergei/ITAR-TASS Photo/Corbis
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