Side effects of weird taxes

no windows hereIt would be interesting to collect all of the examples of strange behavior which can be traced to weird tax laws. King William III's window tax caused windows in the U.K. and Ireland to be bricked over. Home width taxes caused some impossibly tall and thin houses to be built in the Netherlands and New England. Egyptian buildings were taxed only when complete and so... they were never quite finished. Ireland's high tax on existing homes encouraged new home construction. It wouldn't surprise me if there were tax subsidies to encourage the use of monopolist operating systems. Wouldn't it be great to have a more level playing field?

Once every generation or two, someone notices some undesirable side effects caused by these strange taxes, and the tax code is changed. For example, the $100,000 U.S. business tax deduction for SUVs was recently reduced to $25,000. I wonder if it will ever be reduced to 0?

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