Tax is to impose a financial charge or levy upon a taxpayer. It is crucial in our lives and is a source of government revenue. Strangely, governments appear to find the most truly bizarre things to tax. The following will review some ridiculous taxes which were and have been levied throughout history.
During the 17th and 18th centuries, the window tax which was introduced under the Act of Making Good the Deficiency of the Clipped Money was an important social, architectural, and cultural force in England, Scotland, and then Great Britain. The tax consisted of two parts a flat-rate house tax and a variable tax. Thanks to the tax, the rich could show off their wealth and the richest set themselves apart from the merely rich.
The window tax was repealed in 1851.
The urine tax was passed by the Roman emperors Nero and Vespasian in the first century. The lower classes urinated into pots which were emptied into cesspools. The liquid collected from public latrines would serve as materials for many chemical processes.
“Pecunia non olet” has become popular as a result of the urine tax.
Illinois started tax candy at a higher rate than other food in September 2009. Any items would be not considered as candy if it contained flour or required refrigeration.
According to the careful explanation of The Illinois Department of Revenue, Baby Ruth bars were considered as candy, but Twix bars as food.
The British Government taxed men’s hats from 1784 to 1811. The tax was designed to raise revenue for the government. Accordingly, retailers were required to buy a license and display the sign Dealer in Hats by Retail. The retail license cost two pounds in London and five shillings in other places.
Those who forged hat-tax revenue stamps would be suffer from death penalty.
The crack tax which was passed by the Tennessee General Assembly in January 2005 levies on illegal drugs like moonshine, cocaine, and marijuana. It is up to drug dealers to pay at the state revenue office, and then they receive as stamp to provide evidence that they have paid.
Twenty-two other states passed drug collection laws which are similar to Tennessee’s crack tax.
The beard tax was introduced under King Henry VIII of England in 1535. The tax was various with the wearer’s social position. The tax was reintroduced under Henry’s daughter Elizabeth I, taxing every beard of over two-week growth.
In Russia, during the reign of Tsar Peter I, people who paid the tax were required to carry a “beard token”.
Fart tax or flatulence tax was proposed in New Zealand to assist with compliance with the Kyoto Protocol. Farming is important in New Zealand. Thus, there was an outcry of farm owners whose release of methane by farm animals made up more than 50% of the greenhouse gas emissions.
The Agricultural emissions research levy or “fart tax”
James I of England (16th-17th century) passed a law which required an insignia on the card. The insignia was considered as a proof of payment of a tax on local manufacture of cards. The card tax was the King’s opportunity to fleece people whose playing cards was popular after dinner.
The taxation had been paid on cards.
The cowardice tax which levied against those who did not fight for the King Henry I, was initially cheap. However, the tax was increased three times. It lasted for about three centuries and then replaced by other methods of fund-raising from the military.
The cowardice tax was also known as “scutage”.
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