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8,000 Years of Weird
and Wonderful Taxes

Darren Gleeson


8,000 Years of Weird and Wonderful Taxes takes a journey through history as we shed light on unusual and different taxes through the ages. We start with the beginning of taxation in 6,000 BC with the Bala tax and move through to the current day Social media taxes.

Governments levy taxes for two reasons: to raise revenue to fund their spending or to change citizens' behaviours (by either rewarding or punishing the behaviours they want to change). We look at the effect on society of the 420 BC - Sex tax, 870 - Breast tax, 1535 – Beard tax, and the 1807 – Killing of squirrels tax, to name a few. Some historical taxes will make us question the legislators' sanity (e.g. the 1800 – Tax on eye colour), while others were damaging to our health (such as the 2009 – Pro-cigarette smoking tax). Like them or loathe them, there is no doubt taxes have shaped history and the world we live in today.



About the Author

Darren Gleeson - Tax Haven Escapes Author

Darren Gleeson has been involved in the accounting public practice industry for over twenty-five years in a variety of roles. During that period he has been an employee, sole practitioner, partner in a three partner practice, bought practices, sold practices, started an accounting practice consolidator, dismantled the consolidator, and founded a national accounting practice franchise group.

Darren is a tax planning specialist who is an advocate for, and active in, the development, training and mentoring of accountants on legal tax planning strategies. He is the published author of six books, including Tax Tips That Add Up, Stairway to Profits, Tax Planning Made Simple, Intelligent Accountant, 103 Tax Haven Escapes and 8,000 Years of Weird and Wonderful Taxes.







8,000 Years of Weird and Wonderful Taxes by Darren Gleeson

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ISBN: 978-1-922409-44-7
Format: Paperback C 229mm x 152mm
Extent: 194 pages
RRP: $24.95
Publisher: Vivid Publishing
Category: Non Fiction -- Tax
Distribution: Contact Vivid


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