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04/13/2013 09:22 am ET | Updated Jun 13, 2013

America's Strangest Taxes (PHOTOS)

Although taxes are one of life's certainties, they can still surprise you.

Consider the iconic New York bagel: decide to have yours toasted, and it'll come with a tax. The rationale is that sliced bagels are usually consumed on a café or store's premises--and restaurant meals are taxed, whereas groceries (like a dozen unsliced bagels) are not.

State governments can be remarkably efficient when it comes to finding creative ways to pick up extra cash, and some of their esoteric taxes affect tourists as well as residents. Whether it's a tax on a hot-air balloon ride over the plains of Kansas or a lid for a coffee cup sold in Colorado, these strange fees won't inflict serious damage on your wallet. But they will make you say, "Huh?"

Find out what other taxes we uncovered from coast to coast. While at times befuddling and nitpicky, these taxes also remind us that each state is its own quirky destination, and the revenues should help keep them that way.

--Jessica Adamiak

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America's Strangest Taxes (PHOTOS)

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