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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).

Michale Erat’s Five-Stage Model

In the novice stage, a person follows rules as given, without context, with no sense of responsibility beyond following the rules exactly.

‘The Beginning is the Most Important Part of the Work’ - Plato

The quote by Plato ‘The Beginning is the Most Important Part of the Work’ sums up the central issue some accountants have with tax planning, they just cannot get started.