New Taxes Implemented In MD by Governor O’Malley

Governor O’Malley of Maryland has aspirations to run for president in 2016 and he is taking the “interesting” route of showing just how many taxes he can add to the burden of the people of Maryland. I don’t know about you, but that’s not the way to get me excited about him being president.

Here are some of the new taxes he’s added since 2007 – I was particularly surprised to see how many “double” fees there are.

New and increased taxes under O’Malley:

• Handgun licensing fees and other firearm registration fee

• Electricity rate increase due to higher expense of power produced by offshore wind farm

• Vehicle registration surcharge (Transportation package)

• Maryland Transit Authority fare increase (Transportation package)

• Indexing gas tax to increase with the consumer price index (Transportation package)

• Applying wholesale tax to gasoline sales (Transportation package)

• Income tax increase on Marylanders earning more than $100,000

• Reduction of personal income exemption for Marylanders earning more than $100,000

• Recordation tax applied to indemnity mortgages

• Increase tobacco tax rate from 15 to 70 percent for certain products

• Double death certificate fee

• Repeal of the sales tax exemption on penalty charges assessed on the late return of gas cylinders

• Double Bay Restoration fee (“Flush tax”)

• Require counties to collect Storm Water Management Fee (“Rain tax”)

• Increase Weights and Measures Registration fee

• Double Lead Poisoning Prevention Fund Fee

• New fee for major modifications under the Wetland Water Way Program

• Hospital assessment

• Alcoholic beverage sales tax increase from 6 to 9 percent

• Vehicle dealer processing charge

• Double vanity plate fee

• Double vehicle certificate of title fee

• Out of State Attorney Admission fee

• Increase in contractor licensing and renewal fees

• Double birth certificate fee

• Eliminates exemption of premium tax on worker’s compensation

• Bridge and tunnel toll increases

• Fishing license and registration fees

• Speed cameras in school and work zones

• Increase the top marginal tax rate from 5.5 to 6.25 percent (“Millionaire’s tax”), since expired

• Computer services tax

• New income tax marginal rates from 4.75 to 5.5 percent

• Increase sales tax from 5 to 6 percent

• Increase state corporate income tax from 7 to 8.25 percent

• Increase cigarette tax from $1 to $2 per pack

• Increase vehicle titling tax from $23 to $25

• Vehicle excise tax increase

• Electronic gambling tip jar tax

• Real property transfer tax

• Elimination of Captive Real Estate Investment Trusts

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One thought on “New Taxes Implemented In MD by Governor O’Malley

  1. usawoman says:

    OMGosh! It’s so shocking to see the taxes listed like that. The government is completely out of control. It is an extension of the times, and how spoiled the American citizens have become. Many of these politicians grew up in an environment of getting everything they wanted, and that has carried over to their attitudes about spending taxpayer money. No sense of constraint, at all.

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