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Taxes in the Time of Jane Austen

Mar 11 2014 - 3:21pm

It seems like no matter how far back you go in history, there have always been taxes when there was some sort of currency and governing body involved. The further back you go, the more interesting the taxes get. Some of the more unique taxes can be found in one of the most romantic periods of all time — the Regency era in Great Britain from 1811-1820. Here are the taxes to expect if you were living in Jane Austen's time, according to Regency researcher Nancy Mayer [1]:

If you think one pound a year is a small amount, keep in mind that the average farmer in that era made about 15 to 20 pounds [2] a year.

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