Quick Tax Quizzes

May 15, 2012

Dec. 4, 2008

Which states do not have state-level individual income taxes?

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A) Florida, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah

B) Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia

C) Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming

D) All 50 states have state-level income taxes.

E) Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Texas, and Wyoming

Dec. 11, 2008

What is the highest individual income tax rate (top rate on a single filer) the U.S. has ever had, and in what years?

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A) 35%, 2003 to the present

B) 96%, 1967 and 1968

C) 60%, 1973 through 1981

D) 71%, 1954 through 1963

E) 94%, 1944 and 1945

Feb. 5, 2009

Earlier this week, on Feb. 3, the Sixteenth Amendment celebrated an anniversary. In what year was the Sixteenth Amendment ratified, and what power does it give Congress?

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A) 1910; the “power to levy taxes on wage incomes”

B) 1910; “power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived”

C) 1913; the “power to collect taxes on incomes and property, from whatever source derived.”

D) 1916; the “power to levy taxes on wage incomes”

E) 1913; the “power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived”

Feb. 20, 2009

How to Calculate Property Tax Liability

Last month many homeowners received their property tax bills. As hard as it can be to write such a large check, it can be even harder to figure out exactly how the local taxing authorities calculated your tax bill. So, in the spirit of helping taxpayers understand their tax bills and the complex laws and math behind them: What is the property tax liability for a home with a market value of $300,000, an assessment ratio of 60%, and a nominal property tax rate of 14.5 mills?

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A) $1,566.00

B) $5,220.00

C) $2,610.00

D) $43,500.00

E) $4,350.00

March. 13, 2009

History of State Individual Income Taxes

Which states enacted the first and second state-level individual income taxes? (Note: One or both may have been a territory at the time the tax was enacted.)

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A) Utah in 1895 and Oregon in 1899

B) Hawaii in 1901 and Wisconsin in 1911

C) Arizona in 1901 and Oklahoma in 1907

D) Connecticut in 1900 and New Mexico in 1902

E) New Mexico in 1891 and Oregon in 1897

June 19, 2009

Match the Wacky Tax to the State

Tax codes at all levels of government are littered with strange, sometimes comical, tax provisions. Can you match each tax provision with its state?

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A) Playing card tax: Georgia
“Exceptional tree” deduction: Connecticut
Blueberry tax: Vermont
“Sparklers and novelties” fee: Kentucky

B) Playing card tax: Oklahoma
“Exceptional tree” deduction: Washington
Blueberry tax: New York
“Sparklers and novelties” fee: Delaware

C) Playing card tax: Alabama
“Exceptional tree” deduction: Hawaii
Blueberry tax: Maine
“Sparklers and novelties” fee: West Virginia

D) Playing card tax: South Dakota
“Exceptional tree” deduction: Nebraska
Blueberry tax: Rhode Island
“Sparklers and novelties” fee: Ohio

E) Playing card tax: Utah
“Exceptional tree” deduction: New Hampshire
Blueberry tax: Massachusetts
“Sparklers and novelties” fee: Tennessee


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