Beards, boots, beehives, candles, nuts, hats, horses, chimneys, water – Tsar Peter taxed all of them. But he is styled ‘The Great’ in modern histories of Russia still, because of the mighty works his taxes produced perhaps. This is the eternal fate of taxation: to be the abused or abusive means towards noble or ignoble ends, never quite in a position to escape its association with extortion and war.
The word ‘taxes’ first appeared in the English vocabulary only in the 14th hundred years. It derives from the Latin taxare which means ‘to assess’. Before that, English used the related term ‘job’, derived from Old French. For a while, ‘task’ and ‘taxes’ were both in common use, the first requiring labour, the second money. ‘Tax’ then developed its meaning to imply something wearisome or challenging. So words like ‘responsibility’ were used to suggest a more appealing purpose. Politics spin has for as long a brief history as taxation just, and neither has been detained unduly by the meaning of words.
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China has one of the longest of all written records, and we know that fees were levied some 3 here, 000 years back as the Empire had been set up. Powers (usually military) that were in a position to impose taxes created the first bureaucracies to collect and administer them. Under the …