55 Taxes On You; 116 Licensure Mandates


This list of taxes floated in on an email chain. It was accompanied by a stunning observation: None of these taxes existed 100 years ago.


This is the kind of thing that happens when the people lose control of their government. One tax is not on the list: the “future generations tax,” which we call the “deficit.”


Accounts Receivable Tax
Business income tax

Business Gross Receipts Tax

Business Tool and Equipment Property Tax,

(aka “personal property tax”)

Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Excise Taxes
Federal Income Tax

Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax (currently 44.75 cents per gallon)
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Transfer Tax
Service Charge Tax
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax
Sales Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Use Tax

Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

  – HT- Jerry O’Neil, Chip, Trish


To this list I’ve added an incomplete list of occupations that a person is prohibited from entering in Michigan without paying an annual license tax, and jumping through hoops established by the incumbent professionals the new applicant would compete with. It’s in the jump-page.


Occupations one may not practice in Michigan without permission from the state. Partial list only, from Reason 2007 report, “Occupational Licensing: Ranking the States and Exploring Alternatives


Accountants and Auditors

Agricultural Inspectors

Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate

Architects, Except Landscape and Naval

Athletes and Sports Competitors

Athletic Trainers and Valets


Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics




Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels


Clinical and School Psychologists

Coaches and Instructors, Athletics

Coin, Vending, and Slot Machine Servicers and Repairers

Collections Agency Managers

Construction and Building Inspectors

Construction and Related Workers, All Other

Correctional Officers and Jailers

Cosmetologists, Hairdressers, and Hairstylists

Counselors, All Other

Court Reporters

Dental Assistants

Dental Hygienists

Dentists, All Other Specialists

Dentists, General

Driver/Sales Workers

Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors


Elementary (Public) School Teachers, Except Special Education

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

Engineers, All Other

Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters

Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse

Financial Specialists, All Other

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers

First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Personal Service Workers

Fishers and Related Fishing Workers

Forensic Science Technicians, Polygraph Examiner


Funeral Directors/Embalmers/Morticians

Gaming Cage Workers, Change Persons, and Booth Cashiers

Gaming Computer Systems Operators or Repairers

Gaming Dealers

Gaming – Horse Racing Vendors

Gaming Managers

Gaming Service Workers, All Other

Gaming Supervisors

Gaming Surveillance Officers, Security Officers, and Gaming Investigators

Hazardous Material Removal Workers

Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other, including Hearing Aid Dispensers

Hearing Aid Dispensers and Fitters

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other

Instructional Coordinators

Insurance Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators

Insurance Sales Agents

Land Surveyors


Legal Support Workers, All Other


Loan Officers


Manicurists and Pedicurists

Marriage and Family Therapists

Material Moving Workers, All Other

Medical and Health Services Managers, including Nursing Home Administrators

Middle (Public) School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education

Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other

Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

Nurses, Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational

Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants

Occupational Therapy Assistants

Occupational Therapists



Pest Control Workers/Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, Applicators, and Dealers


Physical Therapists

Physician Assistants

Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

Plumbers, Pipefitters, Gas Fitters, and Steamfitters


Police and Sheriffs Patrol Officers

Private Detectives and Investigators

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists


Psychologists, All Other

Purchasing Agents and Buyers (Dealers), Agricultural/Farm Products

Real Estate Sales Agents and Brokers

Registered Nurses

Retail Salespersons

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products

Secondary (Public) School Teachers, Except Special and Vocational Education

Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents

Security Guards

Security and Fire Alarm System Installers

Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Septic Tank Servicers and Sewer Pipe Cleaners

Skin Care Specialists and Aestheticians

Social Workers, All Other

Special Education Teachers, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School

Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs


Teachers and Instructors, All Other

Truck Drivers, Commercial

Transportation Managers

Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer


Veterinary Assistants, Technicians, and Wildlife Rehabilitators

Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary

Vocational Education Teachers, Secondary School

Water and Wastewater Laboratory, Treatment Plant, and System Operators

Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products


















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  2. JZ Says:

    Special Education Teachers (all levels) do pay certification fees.

  3. Matt Says:


    These licensing requirements are only just the start of the fun. Next comes the continuing education and testing requirments for every license. These are all nothing but a tool to force smaller operators out of the market (alng with keeping new entrants out)And you are asolutely right the Republicans went right along with the Democarats on this issue here in Michigan.

  4. Vince Patsy Says:

    Like most “progressive” measures, their effect is opposite their claim. Such as anti-trust legislation creates more monopolies, the licensing to protect the public makes us less safe because now every business that is licensed (and the previous poster is right about kicking out new or smaller competitors) they are all on the same level. There is no incentive to run a cleaner restaurant, the licensing levels become the minimum to which business ascribe.

  5. jmchugh4u Says:

    Licensure is a product of the “protection racket state.” The government loves to find things it can use to frighten you (“the tragedy” of a manicure, or a bad interior design), and then step forward to “protect” you with a concomittant expansion in its power and resources.

    Add to this the “Public Choice Theory” aspect – that protectionist rent-seekers are ever willing to shove cash at legislators to purchase barriers to potential competitors – and you can see why licensure is so beloved of the political class.

    As always, Adam Smith had it right:

    “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.”

    However, legislators should not grant those “contrivances.” Cue James Buchanan . . .

  6. John Swibes Says:

    Nice work. And to thnink that for nearly 2o years I have been unliscensed in Michigan to sell equipment. Who knew?

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