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As long as tax has existed, citizens of the world have paid a host of weird and wonderful dues. Throughout history tax has been implemented to raise revenue, bring about social change, and strengthen the leadership of governments. It has also made entire societies live very strangely — and in some cases, illegally — to pay as little as possible.
Here are 10 of the more unusual taxes ever introduced:
In Russia 1705, Emperor Peter the Great implemented a beard tax, in hopes force men to adopt the clean-shaven look popular in Western Europe.
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