Tax avoidance history…

In 1660 there was a tax on fireplaces in England. So everyone covered up their fireplaces and the tax was repealed in 1689.

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In 1696 there was a tax on the number of window a house had in England. So houses had less windows and the tax was repealed in 1851 (people argued less windows was unhealthy so the law should be repealed)

In the 1700ā€™s there was a tax on the number of bricks used in a house in England. So people used bigger bricks. So the government put a higher tax on bigger bricks…

England also tried tax on wallpaper (everyone painted their walls), a tax on hats ( people just called them “head gear” not “hats”) and a tax on wig scent power (so people stopped wearing wigs).

Will there ever be a tax we wont try to avoid?

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About Ken Mansell

As a stay at home Dad most of the week this is my way of pretending I am still the tax counsel of ASX and SEC listed companies, working at big 4 firms, working at the Federal Treasury, on the Henry Review and at Parliament House for the previous government.
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