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Fee, Tax, Fo, Fum

So in Colorado, they’re finding a new way to separate you from your cash. So reports Todd Shepherd at the Independence Institute:

Imagine paying for your new car tags, and the person behind the counter also assesses a sales tax on your total tag price. Or imagine paying a government toll on a highway, and sales tax is assessed to the toll as well.

It may sound far-fetched, but when you purchase new tires, it’s happening.

Consumers in Colorado pay a $1.50 per-tire disposal fee every time they buy new tires and dispose of the old tires. But according to an “FYI” memo distributed and published by the state department of revenue, “Effective August 5, 2009, the waste tire recycling development fee is considered part of the purchase price and is subject to sales tax.”

“This is the best scam since Bernie Madoff,” said Independence Institute President Jon Caldara. “Whatever lingo the state is using, all it really means is you’re taxing taxes, and so we’re now in the bizzaro world of double-taxation.”

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