25 Facts About Taxes That Will Make You Hate Them Even More

Nobody likes taxes. Nobody. Who would? You earn money and then someone else comes along and takes it from you to spend on things that you don’t care about or agree with. The truth of the matter is, however, that you probably don’t even dislike them as much as you potentially could. Taxes are a hot topic during every election season. Do we tax the rich? The poor? Both? Nobody? There was not a civilization in history that didn’t tax its people in some way, shape, or form. In fact, many of the most important decisions, conflicts, and even wars in world history were based on little more than taxes. That is why kings and conquerors wanted to expand their territory. It meant more wealth. And that is why people often fought for their independence. It meant not paying money to somebody you didn’t agree with. Taxation has influenced our lives more than most people know and much of the modern geopolitical environment can be explained by this one simple concept. In spite of its prevalence in our lives though, most of us have a bad taste in our mouth because of it. These are 25 facts about taxes that will make you hate them even more.

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The Roman Emperor Vespasian taxed urine. In the first century AD it was used as a source of ammonia for washing clothes.

The Roman Emperor Vespasian taxed urine. In the first century AD it was used as a source of ammonia for washing clothes.Source: efile.com
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In 1691 England taxed the number of windows you could have on your house.

In 1691 England taxed the number of windows you could have on your house.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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The 1691 window tax led to people closing up their windows and eventually to health problems, so the tax was repealed in 1851, over a century and a half later.

This led to people closing up their windows and eventually to health problems, so the tax was repealed in 1851, over a century and a half later.Source: intuit.com, Image: wikipedia
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Russian Emperor Peter the Great taxed beards in order to encourage men to sport a clean shaven look (this was popular in Western Europe at the time)

Russian Emperor Peter the Great taxed beards in order to encourage men to sport a clean shaven look (this was popular in Western Europe at the time)Source: intuit.com, Image: wikipedia

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England taxes televisions. Color TVs are taxed more than black and white TVs and if you are blind (and own a TV) you still have to pay half the tax.

England taxes televisions. Color TVs are taxed more than black and white TVs and fortunately if you are blind (and own a TV) you only pay half the tax.Source: efile.com, Image: pixabay

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