50 Stunning Information About Taxes


1Historic Roman Urine Tax

Historic Roman Emperor Vespasian determined to slap a tax on urine, to be paid by all purchasers of public pee as a result of urine collectors had been a typical sight within the public bathrooms of Historic Rome. The ammonia-rich urine was utilized in a number of processes reminiscent of tanning and wool manufacturing.

2. Throughout the Han dynasty, single ladies and their households needed to pay a particular tax for his or her singleness. Then again, ladies with infants did not should pay taxes for 3 years and their husbands did not should pay taxes for one yr.

3. Within the UK, there may be an annual license charge of £150.50 per family simply to observe reside TV. There are even particular detector vans (with folks in them) that catch and prosecute violators watching reside TV illegally and not using a license.

4. Buttock mail is a tax traditionally levied in Scotland as a punishment for intercourse outdoors of marriage.

5. In 1695, the English parliament handed a legislation to tax all bachelors over the age of 25. The Bachelor Tax was later abolished in 1706.

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6Childlessness Tax

To encourage inhabitants progress after World Conflict 2, the Soviet Union imposed an additional 6% “childlessness tax” on males between the ages 25-50 and married ladies between ages 20-45, who didn’t have youngsters.

7. The “jock tax” is revenue tax levied on athletes who’re visiting a metropolis or state and earn cash in that jurisdiction. It was popularized through the 1991 NBA Finals when California taxed the Chicago Bulls on video games performed in Los Angeles. Illinois later retaliated with taxing the Los Angeles Lakers on video games performed in Chicago.

8. Xenddi was a discriminatory tax system which was carried out by the Portuguese Christian authorities on the Hindu inhabitants of Goa, Daman and Diu in India. It was a non secular tax imposed on the native Indians, which pressured many to flee Goa or convert in an effort to keep.

9. In 1784, Britain launched a brick tax to pay for wars within the Americas Colonies. Bricks had been taxed per thousand. This resulted in producers utilizing bigger bricks. In 1801, the federal government responded by limiting the scale of brick and doubling the tax on bigger bricks.

10. In 1698, Peter The Nice launched the “Beard Tax” after he visited Western Europe and favored their vogue sense. Anybody with a beard was pressured to pay tax for it and in flip given a beard token. In case you had been stopped by the police with out the token they’d instantly shave your face on sight.

11Breasts Tax

Till 1924, British colonizers imposed tax on the decrease caste and untouchable Hindu ladies within the present-day Kerala state of India in the event that they needed to cowl their breasts in public. The tax was evaluated by the tax collectors relying on the scale of their breasts.

12. Switzerland has pressured male-only conscription and the boys that do not qualify are stamped with a excessive ‘male tax.’

13. Within the New Deal, Franklin D. Roosevelt known as for a brand new tax program known as the Income Act of 1935, which imposed an revenue tax of 79% on incomes over $5 million. This tax charge affected just one individual, John D. Rockefeller.

14. Throughout World Conflict 2, USA imposed a 5% Victory tax on all people with incomes over $624 (2020 ~$10,000) with postwar credit score.

15. In 1936, Pennsylvania imposed a ‘short-term’ tax on all alcohol gross sales to assist out the victims of Johnstown Flood. That tax remains to be being charged.

16Alcohol Focus Tax

Alcohol’s power is measured in “proof” since 1500s when England elevated taxes on drinks containing the next proportion of alcohol. Officers measured alcohol’s power by soaking gunpowder within the alcohol and making an attempt to ignite it. If it ignited, this was “proof” that it had a excessive content material.

17. Scientology obtained their tax exemption from the IRS by having private investigators dig into the non-public lives of IRS managers and initiating a whole bunch of lawsuits in opposition to IRS workers. Ultimately, Scientology supplied to drop all fits for spiritual tax exemption and the US authorities caved.

18. Chocolate was categorized as “sweet” beneath the Income Acts of 1918 and 1921, and so it was taxed as such. Hershey’s sued to get well about $8,000,000 in taxes by arguing it was “meals,” and so had been wrongly taxed. The Supreme Court docket dominated it was “sweet.”

19. Norwegians solely should pay half of the tax they need to be paying in November (compensating by paying extra tax in different months), in order that they’ll have extra money throughout Christmas.

20. Many well-known British artists, together with Rod Stewart and the Rolling Stones, left the UK within the early 70s to keep away from an 83% tax on the highest bracket of their revenue.

21Inheritance Tax

When Australia abolished its inheritance tax in 1979, a disproportionate variety of mother and father died within the week instantly after the abolition went into impact, suggesting that lots of their heirs had been doing every thing to maintain them alive simply lengthy sufficient for the inheritance tax to run out.

22. The Rosetta Stone was a tax doc outlining the tax-exempt standing of a temple.

23. The Fuel Guzzler Tax was launched within the USA in 1978 to discourage the manufacturing and buy of fuel-inefficient autos. Disregarding the shift in the direction of SUVs and pickups, it nonetheless solely applies to automobiles.

24. England used to have a “window tax.” Individuals refused to reveal how a lot cash they made, contemplating it an invasion of privateness. So beginning in 1696, English authorities began charging its residents primarily based on what number of home windows their home had. In retaliation, folks bricked up their home windows, traces of which may nonetheless be seen right now.

25. Newspapers are so massive (broadsheet) as a result of the British authorities started taxing newspapers in 1712 primarily based on the variety of their pages.


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