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'.
Tax and you is an interactive that first asks the student to locate various items in a bedroom that may be affected by tax. They then decide whether the item selected has been subjected to some kind of tax, supported via tax subsidies or not affected by the taxation system. There is a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 13 items. The student then embarks on a life journey, making choices such as buying a house, beginning employment and having children. At each stage, they encounter ways in which the taxation system relates to these decisions. The intended outcome is for the student to gain an appreciation of the way in which the taxation system impacts directly on the individual, and that taxes are both an imposition and a benefit to individuals.
A unique number issued by the ATO to individuals and organisations to increase the efficiency in administering tax and other Australian Government systems, such as income support payments.read more glossary terms