Tax on trees

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Tax on trees was a tax imposed in USSR in 1944 on fruit trees and even shrubs.

This has the cobra effect, namely the mass felling of trees by Soviet farmers, which subsequently led to shortage of fruit.

Some say that the idea proposed by the Minister Arseny Zverev and that Joseph Stalin failed to see the problems it would produce.

The tax was repealed in 1954, by Malenkov, when taxes were reduced by 60 per cent for farmers. [1]