06/08/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Nine Craziest Tax Laws You Don't Know

With 48 states facing budget shortfalls, it's no wonder some are resorting to unorthodox measures to collect revenue. The Illinois state legislature recently revised its definition of what constitutes "candy" to broaden its tax base. Others are considering taxing services such as balloon rides and performances by clowns, jugglers and ventriloquists. For sure, the discerning taxpayer can find an off-beat break or two. If you are getting hitched in South Carolina or turning 100 in New Mexico, that could mean you. Read on for other state tax breaks and levies you may not know about.

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