Big Brother

What happens if you don’t pay your taxes? People who commit tax fraud can face big fines and even imprisonment. Then there is this:

Depending on where you live, if you shirk on your taxes, you might:

  • have your medical or law license suspended;
  • be denied a hunting or fishing license;
  • have your passport revoked;
  • have your driver’s license suspended, and your renewal of your vehicle registration denied;
  • be deported;
  • be denied housing assistance;
  • be barred from a government contract and government employment;
  • have your liquor license revoked (if you’re a restaurant).

And perhaps most crushingly, you can:

  • be denied the right to operate a concession, ride or booth at Minnesota’s annual state fair.

Joshua Blank study via Catherine Rampell.

Comments (13)

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  1. Desai says:

    I will make sure to pay my taxes so I can ride or booth at Minnesota’s annual state fair! Thanks for bringing this to light!

  2. Patel says:

    How can you be deported if you don’t pay taxes? if you aren’t an American citizen, how will this play out?

  3. Sandeep says:

    On the same topic, it should be noted that Wesley Snipes is out of jail. Lets not forget that he was sent to jail for failing to pay his taxes.

  4. Ron says:

    Yeah, I don’t quite understand the deported part. Deported people are undocumented people, so how would they even be able to pay taxes in the first place?

  5. Ryan says:

    “be denied the right to operate a concession, ride or booth at Minnesota’s annual state fair.”

    Well, this certainly makes a good incentive to pay taxes! Who wouldn’t want to operate a concession/ride or booth at Minnesota’s annual state fair! I mean, come on!

  6. Jimmy Dean says:

    Happy Tax Day!

  7. Brian W. says:


    Immigrants are also required to pay taxes on certain services like everyone else.

  8. Allie says:

    Wow! A three-year-sentence for not filling your taxes? Not only that, but made VERY public? perhaps they should start using a similar approach, not just with actors, but with regular civilians. There’s nothing more shameful than seeing a picture of yourself in the news for not paying what you owe.

  9. James Holler says:

    Very interesting study, as well as informative. However, I fail to understand how some of those penalties could affect certain individuals at all. Some of them seem to be related to very specific demographics. Wouldn’t it be more efficient to find ways to penalize people in wider demographics? I’m referring to bullet points 1, 2, 8 and 9..

  10. William Jr. says:

    Ha! I don’t know if I should laugh at this or be really concerned…Hmmmm..

  11. Jimmy Dean says:

    It’s only fair that those who dont pay taxes, dont receive the benefit.

  12. Buster says:

    I overlooked a ~$25 tax bill for on some oil & gas interests I inherited from my father. The country (out of state) sent me a bill informing me that I would not be allowed to renew my car registration due to back taxes. For $25? That’s crazy?

  13. Gabriel Odom says:

    I’ve seen bills from the IRS for less than 4o cents, when the postage on the bill was 62 cents.