Among the strangest taxes in history, we can certainly also include the hat tax.
Exactly: for a certain period of time, men who wished to complete their own look with a cylinder, a cap or a flat cap, they had to pay a tribute to the state.
We can imagine with what joy.
It happened in’England in the late 1700s and early 1800s, dove, apparently, inventing taxes that were bizarre to say the least became customary (see also: https://www.pilloledistoria.it/13131/storia-moderna/tassa-sulle-parrucche-fine-epoca-e-moda).
The amount to be paid depended on the type of headgear used.
At the time of payment, the citizen was given one receipt which had to be maintained e, precisely, applied on the lining of the hat itself.
In case of checks, it was thus possible to prove that they were in order.
Moreover, it was a question that was anything but trivial and certainly not one that could be taken lightly.
The sanctions provided for those who did not comply with this obligation, potevano essere austerely, until you get to the death penalty.
We are ready to bet that there were very few daredevils who risked their lives just to forge the receipt.
The hat tax has been in effect since 1784 al 1811 (photo: missdarcy.it).