Tax Stories from Ancient Times to the 1700’s
While tax season can be a stressful and worrying time, it’s comforting to know you’re not alone. In fact, just about every known civilization throughout history had some sort of tax system.
Even Mesopotamia, a place that existed before coined money, handled taxes similarly to the present day. They looked at what you had and figured out how much you had to give. Though, of course, back then instead of a check you’d give them, say, a cow. Another big difference is taxes in Mesopotamia taxes could include labor. Citizens sometimes paid their taxes by working on farmlands or even by military service. Yikes!