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The Dirty Truth About Taxing Toilet Tissue

Mar 30, 2011

How do you feel about your money going right down the toilet?

If you live in or are planning a visit to Omaha, Nebraska in the future, be prepared for your toilet tissue to come with something a little extra. We’re not talking extra softness or extra large sheets, but extra money out of your pocket in the form of taxes.

Currently, there is no tax on toilet tissue; however, Omaha mayor Jim Suttle proposed a 10 cent tax on rolls of toilet paper in Washington last week hoping to raise funds for the city’s $1.7 billion sewer project. Suttle got the idea from an Oregon politician who proposed the tax in 2009, but the motion failed in the House.

How fitting, a tax on toilet paper to pay for a sewage project.

All joking aside, toilet paper could be an excellent item to tax simply because it doesn’t discriminate like a cigarette tax does; everyone uses toilet paper. However, Suttle states that a tax on toilet paper is just an idea, and he is open to others as to how to pay for the sewer project.

What do you think about taxing personal care items such as toilet tissue?

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21 Responses to “The Dirty Truth About Taxing Toilet Tissue”

  1. Jessica - April 1st, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    There is already a tax on toilet paper…it’s called sales tax. The goverment should limit spending, not increase taxes to pay for things they can’t afford!

  2. Hard Money Lenders Los Angeles - April 1st, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    It’s a good idea, if you think about it from a fiscal standpoint. However, like you said- everyone uses it. And, in the current state of the economy, everyone is trying to save where they can. I know I always go for the cheapest paper and still think it’s over priced. So, with everyone trying to save, will it really help anybody?

  3. Karate Santa Monica - April 4th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I realize that the government is trying to look for new ways to get ourselves out of debt, but I’m not sure taxing such a necessity is the way to go. With an already struggling economy, how do they expect to squeeze water out of rocks?

  4. MollyMae - April 5th, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Good point! Perhaps the government should think of other ways to pay for projects besides taxing necessities!

  5. Online Marketing Agency - April 6th, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I suppose this is a reasonable idea, not 100% convinced that there aren’t better alternatives though. Think they may want to think this one through a bit more – the headlines would be horrendous!

  6. Rug Cleaning Culver City - April 6th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I think it’s great that they chose to tax something like toilet paper, for the exact reason that I would rather pay tax on TP than cigarettes. Sewage is a problem everywhere I feel like, so 10cents is doable in my book.

  7. Secure Hosting - April 6th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    If they start taxing things that we NEED as opposed to just to the choices they want, then I’m moving. After all, what about the states that don’t have sales tax? How do they expect to work that out?

  8. Karate Los Angeles - April 15th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Does Nebraska have a state sales tax? I think taxing toilet is reasonable given the fact that it’s a necessity and it’s always in demand!

  9. Mi - April 20th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Funny concept but quite intriquing…this may work. Nice article none-the-less.

  10. Car Title Loans - April 21st, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Well, it would help out the economy, I suppose. But I don’t think it’s necessarily the best option. After all, it’s a necessity that we all can barely afford as it is. Maybe the government should tax themselves and see how much money they can save without costing us anything!

  11. plumbing supplies - April 23rd, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Being a reasonable citizen, they shouldn’t tax these things. It is a necessity of the people so privileges shall be procured.

  12. KandBabies - April 29th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I suppose we shall make cloth toilet wipes. I’ve got plenty of terry cloth and flannel on hand.

  13. Special Event Toilets - May 3rd, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Everything else in the world today seems to be taxed…guess it’s time for toilet paper to join the fold. I wonder what our country’s founding fathers would have thought of this kind of taxation?

  14. Walking Tours Rome - July 22nd, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    What a funny picture – with all the taxes these days, sometimes I feel like that’s exactly what I’m doing! But what can you do, right?


  15. Therapist New York - July 29th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    First of all, I really wish my toilet paper looked like the picture and second of all, this article makes a really valid point. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Coalition of Religious Communities - September 26th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    This is a double tax! First you pay for the item with sales tax and then you add a sewage tax…. I wonder how long it will be before someone makes a non-toilet paper product that doesn’t fall under the sewage tax realm.

  17. Filipino Auto Lease Broker Los Angeles - September 29th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I agree with Jessica… We already pay a sales tax, why should we have to pay an additional one!? This country’s economy baffles me sometimes.

  18. Molly - October 3rd, 2011 at 11:37 am

    What about people that use septic tanks and well water? It seems that the city should learn to budget their money better!

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