Wallpaper tax

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The wallpaper tax was a property tax introduced in Great Britain in 1712, during the reign of Queen Anne. Patterned, printed, or painted wallpaper was initially taxed at 1d per square yard, rising to 1s (£3.17 as of 2014),[1] by 1809. The tax was bypassed by purchasing untaxed plain paper and having it hand stenciled. The tax was abolished in 1836.[2][3]

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  1. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2014), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  2. ^ Parissien 1995, p. 192
  3. ^ Jeff Howell (31 Jul 2002). "On the level: building tax". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 7 June 2010.