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Top 10: Oddest taxes

It seems anything and everything has been taxed, including the payer’s patience...

History’s oddest taxes

OLIVER WANTS MORE Cromwell made his enemies pay for his militia
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As Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland, Oliver Cromwell brought in some pretty restrictive laws, but one of his most tactical was to tax his enemies. Arguing that it was the responsibility of Royalists to pay for the militia, Cromwell levied a 10 per cent income tari, the ‘decimation tax’, on known Royalist households. Not only did it bring in some needed funds, but was a convenient way to keep his enemies in check.

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