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August 17, 2018

Historical taxes from all over the world

Historical taxes from all over the world, past and present.

if you don’t think taxes are not a scam you need to wake up, open your eyes, they have always been a scam. We have had money changers or financial people since before biblical times. Now you can read the taxes below and understand taxes. This is stealing money out of your pocket and putting it into the pockets of other’s. 

Income tax

  • Capital gains taxis a tax on the sale of an investment, usually stocks, bonds, precious metals and property.
  • Corporate taxis levied on the earnings or profits of a corporation.
  • Dividend taxis a tax on dividends paid to shareholders of a company.
  • Excess profits taxis a tax on unusually high profits levied on a corporation. This was largely levied in the United States in times of war to prevent war profiteering, but has been proposed at other times.
  • Flat tax, an income tax where everyone pays the same tax rate.
  • Gift tax, a tax on gifts received.
  • Gross receipts tax, a tax on revenues received by a corporation, even if they don’t profit.
  • Hall–Rabushka flat tax, a flat tax on income that excludes investments.
  • Inheritance tax, a tax paid on money gained through inheritance
  • Negative income tax, an income tax where the poor receive payment from the government, instead of owing taxes.
  • Windfall profits taxis a tax on profits gained by a company that has some kind of large unexpected profit.

Payroll tax

Property taxes

Most property taxes charge for both the value of the land and the value of any buildings or other improvements on the land.

  • Carucagewas a tax on land levied in Medieval England. The tax was only collected when the government required extra revenue and was never levied regularly.
  • Council Taxis a tax in the United Kingdom on houses.
  • Danegeldwas a tax paid to the Vikings to ensure the Vikings would not raid a person’s land.
  • Kharajis an Islamic tax on agricultural land.
  • Land value taxis a tax on the value of land that does not tax the value of the improvements on the land.
  • Tallage, a tax on land levied in Medieval Europe.
  • Window taxwas a tax levied in England based on the number of windows on a building.

Consumption taxes

A general tax refers to a tax that applies to all or most goods and services and where all are taxed at the same rate. An excise tax refers to a tax on a single item, which may be different than the tax levied on other items.

General taxes

  • Sales taxis a tax on retail sales.
  • Value added taxis a tax on manufacturing that taxes the difference between the cost of raw materials and the cost of the final product.
  • FairTaxis a proposal to replace every tax in a particular country with a single retail sales tax. To avoid having the tax being regressive, the tax system would also provide a rebate to every citizen subject to the tax.
  • Per unit tax, a tax charged proportionally to the amount sold, such as by cents per kilogram.
  • Turnover tax, a tax on intermediate and capital goods that is viewed as a precursor to a value-added tax.
  • Use tax, a tax charged on an item purchased in an area without a sales tax when brought to an areas that has one.

Excise taxes


  • Adet-i ağnamwas an annual tax on sheep and goats levied by the Ottoman Empire. Unlike most Ottoman taxes, this tax went to the national treasury, rather than regional treasuries. It was largely collected through tax farming.
  • Resm-i arusane, known as the bride tax, was a tax on marriage levied by the Ottoman Empire.
  • Rav akçesi, a tax levied on rabbisby the Ottoman Empire
  • Salt taxis a tax on salt. Salt taxes have been the least popular taxes in history. Salt taxes in FranceIndia and Russia were significant contributors to revolutions or uprisings in those countries.
  • Automated Payment Transaction taxis a proposed single tax system where all tax revenue would be collected by a small percentage of all transactions.
  • Bank taxes, propose to improve financial stability.
  • Currency transaction taxis a tax on currency conversions.
    • Spahn taxis a proposed currency transaction tax that attempts to tax speculators while not taxing more necessary currency conversions.
    • Tobin taxis a proposed tax on spot conversions between currencies.
  • Robin Hood taxis a campaign to enact a package of financial transaction taxes.
  • Natural resources consumption taxis a proposed tax on natural resources, including in ungoverned areas such as oceans.
  • tariffis a tax levied on items crossing an international border.
  • Tributeis a payment made from a less powerful country to a more powerful country as a sign of allegiance.


  • Poll tax, also called a head tax, is a fixed tax that must be paid by each person.
  • Fiscus Judaicus, was a tax that Jews were required to pay in the Roman Empire
  • Jizyais a tax paid by non-Muslims in a Muslim state. Compare to Zakat.
  • Leibzollwas tax that Jews were required to pay in Medieval Europe.
  • Temple taxwas a Roman tax used to pay for temples.
  • Titheis a payment to a church or similar authority. While voluntary in modern times, historically these payments have been mandatory.
  • Tolerance taxwas a tax levied in Germany against Jews.
  • Zakatis a tax paid by Muslims in a Muslim state. Compare to Jizya.
Fees and tolls
  • Development Impact Taxis a fee charged to a developer to pay for the amount of infrastructure that will need to be built to accommodate the new residents or customers of the development. Such fees fund municipal government services such as roadsdomestic water services and schools.
  • Faresare payments required to use public transportation.
  • Toll, a fee required to use government infrastructure, usually a road, including bridgesand tunnels.
  • Tuitionis a charge collected for attending schools and colleges. Many countries charge tuition for attending government run schools, making this a form of tax.
Effective taxes
  • Inflation taxis the value lost by inflation, by holders of cash and those on fixed incomes. Inflation causes those holding cash to lose money by reducing its real value, but at the same time, reduces the amount owed by debtors because the real value of the debt has decreased.
  • Seigniorageis the difference between the value of money and the actual cost required to produce it. Mints make a profit from this difference in value, so it is frequently viewed as a tax.
Other taxes
  • Corvéerefers to a person being forced to work instead of paying taxes. Such systems require certain classes of people to labor for a certain length of time, and the person would be free once the corvee obligations were met. While a form of unfree labor, it is also considered a tax, since a person’s labor has value. Corvee was often implemented in areas where the poor had no money to pay as taxes.
  • Church taxis any tax that goes to a church.
  • Ecotax, a tax of any kind intended to improve the environment.
  • Franchise taxis a tax levied on the net worth of a corporation.
  • Khumswas a tax on items looted during war levied in Islamic States.
  • Scutagewas a tax levied in England. A person could pay scutage instead of serving in the military.
  • Surtaxis an additional tax levied on some other tax.
  • Wealth taxis a tax on the value of everything owned by a person.
Taxation practices
  • Ad valorem taxis any tax that is based on the actual value of the item being taxed. Nearly any type of tax can be an ad valorem tax.
  • Direct taxis a tax paid by a person, as opposed to a tax levied on a business that the person indirectly pays.
  • Double taxationis when a tax is paid twice on the same income or item.
  • Indirect taxis a tax collected by an intermediary (such as a store) on behalf of the person who actually is required to pay (such as a customer)
  • Lump-sum taxis a tax that is a set amount, regardless of a person’s wealth or an item’s value.
  • Pigovian taxis a tax on a good or service that causes a harm to society that is not paid by the users of that good or service. It is designed to pay for the negative externalities of the good.
  • Payment in lieu of taxesis a system where an entity that is exempt from taxation makes a payment to the government instead. This payment may be mandatory or voluntary. Usually it applies to property.
  • Proportional taxis any tax where the tax rate is the same for all payers.
  • Progressive taxis a tax that charges the rich a greater percentage of their income than the poor.
  • Regressive taxis a tax that charges the poor a greater percentage of their income than the rich.
  • Single taxis a tax system that has only one tax levied.
  • Steering taxis a tax that aims to change the behavior of the public.
  • Tax Farmingis where a government grants persons the right to collect taxes and turn them over to the government.
  • Tax avoidance, legal techniques to avoid paying taxes
  • Tax evasion, illegal techniques designed to avoid paying taxes
  • Tax protester, a person who refuses to pay a tax they believe to be wrong or illegal
  • Tax resistance, refusal to pay taxes as a protest measure
  • Tax haven, a country whose banking or tax laws allows companies to avoid paying taxes in other countries
  • Ghetto tax, a term for when poor people are forced to pay more for services. This is not actually a tax.
  • Luxury tax (sports), a fee on sports teams with player salaries exceeding a set maximum. This is charged by the sports league and is not actually a tax.
  • Optimal tax, the study of developing the best tax system
  • Tax incidence, the effect a tax has on the economy and social welfare
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