| May 3, 2011

Taxes, Taxes, and More Taxes: ‘A Never-Ending Meteor Shower’

Former U.S. Senator Zell Miller, a Georgia Democrat, once noted that “government takes too much from our taxpayers—big and little alike. Federal-state-local taxes come at us from every direction. It’s like a never-ending meteor shower.”

As OCPA has pointed out before, meteor showers can sometimes produce so many meteors that it can be difficult to count them all. Same with taxes. Now, using the CCH 2010 U.S. Master Tax Guide (for federal taxes) and the Oklahoma Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (for state taxes), I can compile a pretty thorough list. Still, this doesn’t cover your local taxes (property taxes, sales taxes, hotel lodging taxes, etc.). And don’t even get me started on the 20 new or higher taxes in the Obamacare law.

If I’ve neglected to list any of your personal favorites, please write to me. In the meantime, enjoy the meteor shower!


  • Individual Income Tax
  • Alternative Minimum Tax
  • Corporate Income Tax
  • Corporate Alternative Minimum Tax
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Estate Tax
  • Gift Tax
  • Social Security Tax
  • Medicare Tax
  • Gasoline Taxes
  • Gasohol Taxes
  • Special Fuels Taxes
  • Luxury Items Tax (passenger vehicles)
  • Heavy Trucks and Trailers Taxes
  • Highway-Type Tires Taxes
  • Gas Guzzler Taxes
  • Communications Taxes (telephone and tele-typewriter service, prepaid telephone cards)
  • Air Transportation Taxes (domestic passenger tickets, international passenger tickets, air freight waybill)
  • Water Transportation Taxes (persons, port use tax on imports)
  • Tobacco Taxes (cigarettes, cigarette papers, cigarette tubes, cigars, snuff chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco)
  • Wagering Taxes (state authorized wagers placed with bookmakers and lottery operators, license fee on person accepting wagers)
  • Highway Motor Vehicle Use Tax
  • Firearms Taxes (transfer taxes, occupational taxes, pistols and revolvers, other firearms, ammunition)
  • Electric Outboard Motors and Sonar Devices Tax
  • Sport Fishing Equipment Tax
  • Arrow Component Parts Taxes
  • Bows Tax
  • Coal Taxes (underground mines, surface mines)
  • Vaccines Tax

State of Oklahoma

  • Aircraft Excise Tax
  • Alcoholic Beverage Excise Tax
  • Beverage Tax
  • Bingo Tax
  • Charity Games Tax
  • Cigarette Tax
  • City Use Tax - Collect/Deposit
  • Coin Operated Device Decal
  • Controlled Dangerous Substance Tax
  • County Tax (Use & Lodging)
  • Diesel Fuel Excise Tax
  • Documentary Stamp Tax
  • Farm Implement Tax Stamps
  • Franchise Tax
  • Freight Car Tax
  • Gaming Exclusivity Fees
  • Gasoline Excise Tax
  • Gross Production Tax - Oil and Gas
  • Horse Track Gaming
  • Income Tax (Individual)
  • Income Tax (Corporate)
  • Inheritance and Estate Tax
  • Insurance Premium Tax
  • Mixed Beverage Gross Receipts Tax
  • Occupational Health and Safety Tax
  • Pari-Mutuel Taxes
  • Pari-Mutuel - Other Tax
  • Petroleum Excise Tax
  • Rural Electric Co-operative Tax
  • Sales Tax
  • Special Fuel Decal
  • Special Fuel Use Tax
  • Tag Agent Remittance Tax
  • Telephone Surcharge
  • Tobacco Products Tax
  • Tourism Gross Receipt Tax
  • Tribal Compact in Lieu of Tax Payments
  • Unclaimed Property Tax
  • Unclassified Tax Receipts
  • Use Tax
  • Vehicle Revenue Tax Stamps
  • Workers’ Compensation Awards - Assessments
  • Workers’ Compensation Insurance Premium Tax
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