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Happy Labor Day!

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Thursday, 28 August 2014 by Advantax

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Happy Labor Day from Advantax

What do you know about Labor Day? Here are some facts about this national holiday.

  • September 5, 1882 – New York City holds the first Labor Day parade. It is estimated that 10,000 workers participate. (U.S. Census Bureau) Not all employers support the idea, but many union workers take the first Monday in September off anyway. Some unions levy fines against workers who do go into work. At the time, workers receive time off for Christmas, the Fourth of July and every other Sunday.
  • 1887 – Oregon becomes the first state to make Labor Day a legal holiday.
  • 1894 – President Grover Cleveland and the U.S. Congress make it a national holiday.
  • In the late 1800s the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-days a week to make a basic living.

With all of those fun facts in mind, enjoy your bbq’s, your picnics, and the time with family and friends. Celebrate the last days of summer!

A Few More Strange and Unique Taxes

Topic: A Tax to Grind, A Tax to Grind

Thursday, 21 August 2014 by David H. LeVan

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Ready to learn about some more weird and wacky taxes? Last time on Strange and Unique Taxes we learned about the flatulence tax and Chinese smoking mandate. This week, we’ll be looking at the final two taxes in our 4 part series:

Swedish Tax Agency’s Naming Rights: While this may not be categorized as a tax code, it is certainly a very strange law. The authority of the Swedish Tax Agency requires that all children must have their names approved by the agency within three months of their time of birth. The law began in 1982 to stop parents from naming their kids with what the agency deemed as “noble” or “offensive” names. Of course, there are fines for non-compliance. One particularly interesting case came about in 1996, when a family was fined for failing to register their seven-year-old child’s name. In retaliation, the parents proposed the name “A,” which was ruled against. They then tried the name, “Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb1116,” which they said would be pronounced “Albin.” After this was also rejected, the parents just kept the name, “Albin.”

Russia’s Beard Tax: In the late 17th century, the Tsar of Russia, Peter the Great decided that all men with beards (besides priests) should be taxed unless they cut them off completely. He came to this decision after traveling to the West and seeing that all of the men there were clean-shaven. If you wanted to keep your beard in Russia during this time, you were given a token to wear which read, “The beard is a useless burden.”

We hope that you enjoyed reading about some of the strangest tax laws ever made, we certainly enjoyed finding them!

Russian Beard Tax


Abraham Lincoln and Property Taxes

Topic: A Tax to Grind, A Tax to Grind

Monday, 18 August 2014 by David H. LeVan

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Our 16th president was a property tax attorney. Find out more by watching our latest PropTax Minute.