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America's Strangest Taxes

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Even travelers can't escape these strange state taxes.

Vending Machine Fruit Tax, California

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California is known for farmers’ markets, heavenly produce, and restaurants that have long championed what’s fresh and local. And while fresh fruit is duty free, the presliced variety of dubious origin sold in vending machines is not. If you’re somehow compelled to press the button, you’ll pay a staggering 33 percent tax—and honestly, you probably deserve it.

America's Strangest Taxes

Vending Machine Fruit Tax, California

California is known for farmers’ markets, heavenly produce, and restaurants that have long championed what’s fresh and local. And while fresh fruit is duty free, the presliced variety of dubious origin sold in vending machines is not. If you’re somehow compelled to press the button, you’ll pay a staggering 33 percent tax—and honestly, you probably deserve it.

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