Wallpaper Tax
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Wallpaper Tax

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 £3.56 as of 2018),[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 Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ Parissien 1995, p. 192
  3. ^ Jeff Howell (31 Jul 2002). "On the level: building tax". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2010.

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