It’s a fact of life that everyone has to pay taxes. As Congress debates tax reform, I’ve decided to take a lighter approach and share with you some odd tax facts throughout history. Here are five of my favorites:
- Income tax repealed in the United States after 1865: The government simply had no need for the extra revenue after the Civil War had ended. If only that was true today.
- Beard Tax: Peter the Great introduced a beard tax in 1705. Everyone except priests had to pay a tax to keep his beard.
- Window Tax: Introduced in 1696 by King William III. Every home owner had to pay a window tax. The more windows, the greater the tax.
- Witchcraft tax deduction: In the Netherlands, you can deduct the cost of training in witchcraft.
- Urine Tax: Emperor Nero introduced a urine tax in the 1st Century A.D.