Some states are considering new sales taxes to increase revenues. But seriously. Think a minute, folks. Will some of these ideas really rake in the bucks?
Consider New York's imposition of sales tax on haunted house admissions: yup, if you charge more than 10 cents on tickets to your haunted house masterpiece, you'll have to collect sales tax on those prices, and fork it over to Governor Cuomo's administration.
Washington state voters dumped the short-lived candy tax intended to make up some of the deficit and passed in June last November; it was really confusing. Kit Kats weren't candy (they had some flour in them) but Reese's Peanut Butter Cups were (boo!). Meanwhile, Kentucky has a similar tax provision.
Alabama tacks a dime's worth of tax onto the price of every deck of cards with "no more than 54 cards" in it. So if you want to escape that dime, find a manufacturer who packages its decks with 55 cards (try out that novelty "Iraqi most wanted deck," for example).
While, this last link has nothing to do with sales taxes, it does have to do with tax season, and deductiblity. James Maule, of the blog Mauled Again, discusses the deductibility of Halloween costumes, and indulges in some wonderfully painful puns along the way.