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America's Strangest Taxes

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Even travelers can't escape these strange state taxes.

Fountain Soda Tax, Chicago

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Soda taxes are now as ubiquitous as sin taxes on alcohol and tobacco—33 states levy them. But in the city of Chicago, the rate you’ll cough up for your favorite syrupy beverage depends entirely on how you consume it. Bottled “pop” is taxed at 3 percent, while Coke and Pepsi lovers alike shell out 9 percent if they buy soda from a fountain, thanks to Chi-Town’s tax.

America's Strangest Taxes

Fountain Soda Tax, Chicago

Soda taxes are now as ubiquitous as sin taxes on alcohol and tobacco—33 states levy them. But in the city of Chicago, the rate you’ll cough up for your favorite syrupy beverage depends entirely on how you consume it. Bottled “pop” is taxed at 3 percent, while Coke and Pepsi lovers alike shell out 9 percent if they buy soda from a fountain, thanks to Chi-Town’s tax.

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