Interactive - The story of tax

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The story of tax is a short interactive that highlights the direct link between the effectiveness of the tax system and the enrichment of the community.

It can be used as a quick overview of how tax has evolved over time in an Australian context. The interactive includes six pause points with accompanying text.

The story of tax – accessible text transcript.

The story of tax worksheets:

 The story of tax - PDF version

 

  • Fact 1

    In 1705, Emperor Peter I of Russia instituted a beard tax. Those who paid the tax were required to carry a 'beard token'. This was a copper or silver token inscribed with 'the tax has been taken' and 'the beard is a superfluous burden'.

Goods and services tax (GST)

A tax of 10% on the supply of most goods and services consumed in Australia.

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