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123 BC – Tax Farming

Tax farming was originally a Roman practice set up by Gaius Gracchus in 123 BC whereby the burden of tax collection was reassigned by the Roman State to private individuals or groups.

First Income Tax - Egypt 3,000 BC

The first income tax is generally attributed to Egypt where the Pharaohs collected taxes from their citizens. 

6,000 BC – Labour Obligation Tax

Under the Bala Tax, Mesopotamia taxed almost everything – livestock, grains, handicrafts, funerals, etc. The most burdensome tax though was the Labor Obligation.

Ur III Dynasty of Mesopotamia | Bala Tax 6000 BC

The Bala Tax, Sumerian for ‘exchange’, is the method by which the Ur III dynasty of Mesopotamia collected taxes from its provinces.

A Window Tax Was Introduced in 1696

The window tax was a property tax based on the number of windows in a house. It was designed to impose tax relative to the prosperity of the taxpayer.

A Tax on Beards Was Introduced in 1535!

A beard tax is one of several taxes introduced throughout history on men who wear beards. In 1535, King Henry VIII of England (who wore a beard himself), introduced a tax on beards.

Income Tax General Anti Avoidance Rules

The general anti-avoidance rules contained in Part IVA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth) (‘Part IVA’) may be applied by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to deny a taxpayer the tax benefit of a scheme 

The Most Common Illegal Business Tax Avoidance Strategies

The top 8 Illegal business tax saving strategies.

The Most Common Illegal Employee Tax Avoidance Strategies

The top 7 illegal tax saving strategies used by Australian Employees.

Tax Planning – Making a Start

There is nothing wrong with being a novice tax planner (it’s actually very exciting taking the challenge and starting the journey to learn something new).

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