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The Hair Powder Tax of 1795

The tax on hair powder is one of several taxes William Pitt the Younger introduced in Great Britain to help fund the Napoleonic wars with France.

The Glove Tax of 1785

As Britain’s 1784 tax on hats was such a lucrative revenue raiser for the government, they decided to complement it with a glove tax. 

The Brick Tax of 1784

The brick tax was a tax on bricks and tiles introduced in Great Britain during King George III’s reign to help pay for the wars in the American Colonies.

1784 - The Hat Tax

In 1784 Pitt the Younger introduced a tax on men’s hats to raise government revenue.

1773 - A Tax on Tea

To undercut the price of illegal tea, and rescue the financially troubled EIC, Britain introduced the Tea Act in 1773.

1767 – Townshend Revenue Act

The 1767 Townshend Revenue Act was a British Act enacted to raise revenue in the colonies to pay the salaries of governors and judges.

The Stamp Act of 1712 imposed a stamp tax on United Kingdom publishers

The Stamp Act of 1712 imposed a stamp tax on United Kingdom publishers. The tax was levied on all publishing including newspapers, pamphlets, legal documents, commercial bills, advertisements, and other papers.

1712 - Queen Anne Introduces a Wallpaper Tax in Great Britain

In 1712 Queen Anne introduced a wallpaper tax in Great Britain to generate much-needed income.

1712 - England Introduces the Soap Tax

In 1712 England introduced the soap tax on the manufacture of soap. The tax was super unpopular with the poor as it tripled the price of the basic coarse soap.

The Romans Developed the First Trusts (Fideicommissum)

The Romans developed the first trusts (fideicommissum), which were testamentary trusts created by wills. The first living trusts (inter vivos), were developed in England during the 12th-century crusades
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