18th Century Taxes

More or less the same today, our overlords are cruel and sadistic to the extreme.

All Things Georgian

taxes 1784

Courtesy of Lewis Walpole Library

We all complain about the taxes we pay, back in the 18th century things were no different, but perhaps government offered a little more clarity about exactly what you were paying for. If it could be taxed the Georgians found a way to tax it!

In this blog I’m going to take a quick peek at a few of these. Most of us are familiar with the existence of land tax and hearth tax, but some of these are somewhat more obscure. Mocking the government was a splendid ‘sport’ for caricaturists and let’s face with some of these taxes they were spoilt for choice! So, here we go –

The Brick Tax

1785 Taxes for America

Courtesy of Lewis Walpole Library

This was introduced in 1784 as a means of helping to pay for the wars being fought in the American Colonies. Tax was paid at the rates…

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18th Century Taxes