New York, Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Taxes Various techniques used to collect taxes have existed since ancient times. Some people also have strange taxes, whose logic is difficult to understand. One such tax was the bachelor tax on unmarried people. The graduation tax was imposed in 1914 during the war between England and France.

This graduation tax proved very useful to increase the revenue of the exchequer. The British Parliament passed the Marriage Fee Act, which included taxation for children and widows in addition to the unmarried. According to an Act passed in Parliament, apart from celibacy, there was a provision of tax on the birth, marriage and burial of a dead person. Therefore, in 1908, this tax system became ineffective and was abolished.

Mussolini of Italy also calculated to collect 20 to 30 million lira (currency) by levying a graduation tax on 6–16 May. The purpose of this tax was to motivate unmarried youths to get married. In 181, the US state of Missouri imposed a tax of 1 on unmarried young adults. It was mandatory for bachelors to pay 1 bachelor tax. The purpose of this bachelor tax was to motivate people to get married at that time. This year California passed a proposal to tax graduates from 5 to 8, but it was rejected due to protests from single people.

Roman emperors taxed unmarried men in the 9th century


It is believed that even in ancient times graduates were taxed. The Roman emperor Augustus first imposed a graduate tax on people in the 9th century. Many men got married to avoid this tax. While some chose to remain single by paying fitness conscious taxes. The Roman emperor taxed not only the unmarried but also childless couples. The purpose behind this tax was to enable childless couples to have children and get them to work in the state. In the 16th century, the Ottoman Empire also took steps to collect taxes from unmarried men.