The Window Tax. Times, when love sunshine and light could cost you a little bit more

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The Window Tax. Times, when love sunshine and light could cost you a little bit more Window Tax is the interesting example of strange law, every appeared in history and world. First this tax was assessed in England in 1696. It was renounced only after one and half centuries, in 1851, after that was argued the new idea of a 'tax on light and health', or a 'tax on sunshine and air'. Accusations from the people of medicine and enlightened persons contended that the lack of light and big windows creates dark and damp rooms represent one of a main source of diseases. The second reason of renouncing - an unequal tax for the middle and lower classes, that was for them the greatest burden.

Initially introduced to compensate losses caused by crisis of coinage in the times of the king of England William III, the principle of Window Tax was founded on the total number of windows in a taxpayer’s house. The window tax was relatively easy to evaluate and number because windows are clearly visible straight from the street. For example, in 1747, for houses, which had till 14 windows, this tax was 6 of old penny per one window, from 15 to 19 windows = 9 penny, and exceeding 20 or more windows = 1 shilling. Betwixt 1747 and till 1808 the tax knew hoisting 6 times. It is noteworthy that by then the lowest band begun at 6 windows. This rate was raised later, in 1825 to eight windows. A tax on windows was also known in the Middle age in the other parts of Europe. For instance, this tax was used in France, Germany and even Scotland.

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