Kwarta tax

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The kwarta (Lithuanian: 'kvarta') or quarter tax was a tax in Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth on all incomes from crown estates in królewszczyzna (crown lands). [1] It was established in 1563.[2]

Initially the rate was 1/4, hence the name, later 1/5. Its purpose was to maintain the Kwarta army. Later it was absorbed into the hiberna military-purpose tax.


  1. ^ Scepter of Judah: The Jewish Autonomy in the Eighteenth-Century Crown Poland, p 17
  2. ^ Norman Davies, God's Playground, p. 97