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Throughout its history, mankind has managed to invent thousands of different taxes. We all know...Ten of the most extravagant taxesThroughout its history, mankind has managed to invent thousands of different taxes. We all know about the income tax or VAT, but what we heard about the tax on hats or the tax on Windows?A dozen of the most extravagant taxes and the curious stories connected with them.1. Hereld* (early 11th century)According to legend, lady Godiva was the wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia**. Citizens of the count suffered from serious tax hereld, and Godiva asked her husband to abolish the tax. Leofric promised to lower taxes if his wife will ride naked on horseback through the streets of Coventry. He was sure that she wouldn't be able to do.However, Godiva decided to hold this first ever Antananarivo demonstration, albeit a bit cheated - she ordered all residents of the city on the appointed day, to close the shutters and not to look outside. So she drove through the city unnoticed. The count was impressed by the dedication of women and, keeping his word, reversed hereld.2. Colonial taxes (1773)The so-called Boston Tea party was a reaction to the excessive taxation of the colonies. The government of Albion imposed on the British East India Company less tax than its American competitors.Outraged by the need to pay exorbitant customs duties, the Massachusetts colonists disguised as Indians, December 16, 1773, entered the merchant ships loaded with tea in Boston Harbor and threw overboard 45 tons of the product, thereby causing damage to £10,000 (now about £953,000).The British government responded with repressive measures against Massachusetts. This event is generally regarded as one of the first episodes of the American revolution.3. A tax on Windows (1696)During the reign of British king William III introduced a tax on houses, in which were over six Windows. The money went to war with Ireland.Despite the disadvantages associated with poor ventilation and lighting, some people were forced to brick up the "extra" Windows in their homes, avoid additional costs. The tax on Windows operated for half a century.4. Tax on narcotic drugs, the use of which is prohibited by law (1995)1 January 2005 Tennessee joined 23 other U.S. States imposing a tax on narcotic drugs, the use of which is prohibited by law. People who bought drugs, then has 48 hours to come to the tax Department and pay a certain amount. For 1 gram of marijuana will have to pay $3,5, per gram of cocaine was $50, but if you purchased the meth or crack, they will cost you $200 per gram.Shoppers drug not require personal identification to pay tax, and the tax officers do not have the right to convey to these people. For 18 months, Tennessee has collected about $2.7 million due to cash receipts from customers of various drugs. Although it is thought that most of this money came from drug users who were arrested for failure to pay tax.In July 2006 the court declared the tax unconstitutional and abolished it.5. Reduction of the tax on mortgages (1988)The reason for this innovation was partly the reason of the error the then Chancellor of the exchequer of great Britain, Nigel Lawson. Laying the budget, he announced that within five months of taxes in respect of mortgage interest will be reduced.After this statement, many people began to buy the house, in the hope of tax relief. But a year later, interest rates rose to 15% - almost double. And this has put many property owners on the brink of financial collapse.6. 98% tax (the late 1970s)In this period in Britain there was a 60 percent income tax and additional tax on investment income. There was no incentive to increase revenues, since almost everything was taxed. The result was, there were numerous cases of evasion. In the end, the tax was abolished by Nigel Lawson in 1984.7. 1689: the Reduction of the tax on ginIf you had once seen an engraving of William Hogarth*** "Beer street", we can easily imagine the consequences of this tax error. William and Mary, British monarchs Protestant, who ruled in the period between 1689 and 1702 for years, prevented the importation of brandy from Catholic France. Instead, they began to encourage the production of British gin, by lifting and lowering taxes in respect of this drink.Unfortunately, the availability of gin made him a drink of the poor and soon led to mass drunkenness, Vice and poverty. Attempts by the government to review its tax policy regarding Gina only aggravated the situation, causing a wave of artisanal production of alcoholic beverage. Eventually, in 1751 were set reasonable rates and taxes in respect of the gin and the situation is normalized.8. The tax on Scotch whisky (early 18th century)In the early 18th century, the Scottish government introduced the ever-increasing tax on malt and whiskey, resulting in the smuggling of whisky has become a common phenomenon for over 150 years.By 1777, only eight distilleries factories pay taxes, while in Edinburgh acted 400 unregistered enterprises for the production of whisky. Finally, in 1823, was adopted the Law on Excise duties, authorizing the manufacture of whiskey. The license fee amounted to £10. And smuggling gradually faded over the next hundred years.9. The tax on the ballot (1990)This tax, introduced in Britain in 1990, was much more impressive than originally envisaged. As a result, about 30% of the population in some parts of the country simply refused to pay.The climax of the confrontation resulted in a peaceful demonstration: March 31, 1990 200 thousand protesters took to Trafalgar square, and it was one of the reasons for the resignation of Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of great Britain. In 1993, the tax on the ballot was replaced by a municipal tax.10. A tax on hats (1783)Prime Minister William pitt introduced an excise tax on hats in 1783. In accordance with each resident of London, was obliged to pay for my hat 2 pounds a year, and every rural resident - 5 shillings per year. On the hats was placed a special mark indicating that its owner has paid this tax.But immediately sparked a national debate about what kind of headdress can be called a hat, and which is not. And he continued until 1811, when the government decided to abolish this ridiculous tax.-Herveld - a tribute paid to the Danes.- Mercia (eng. Mercia or Mierce) is one of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. Located in the valley of the river Trent in the West Central England (corresponds to the current Central counties of great Britain (regions West Midlands and East Midlands).William Hogarth (English.