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 (equivalent to £3.27 as of 2015),[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 Consumer Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)", MeasuringWorth.com.
  2. ^ Parissien 1995, p. 192
  3. ^ Jeff Howell (31 Jul 2002). "On the level: building tax". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
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