TIL of the Window Tax, where England homes would be taxes according to the number of windows they had, leading to windows getting boarded up to avoid the excess tax.

Read more: https://www.lincolninst.edu/publications/articles/window-tax

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  1. I think the idea behind this was so tax inspectors wouldn’t have to enter houses (or more likely make forced entry with bodyguards) to figure out the wealth of a household, and could do it from outside. To this day there are still many old houses where you can see that at least one window has been bricked over.

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