History of taxation in the United Kingdom
History of taxation in the United Kingdom includes the history of all collections by governments under law, in money or in kind, including collections by monarchs and lesser feudal lords, levied on persons or property subject to the government, with the primary purpose of raising revenue.
Prior to the formation of the United Kingdom in 1707, taxation had been levied in the countries that joined to become the UK. For example, in England, King John introduced an export tax on wool in 1203 and King Edward I introduced taxes on wine in 1275. Also in England, a
One of the key taxes introduced by Charles II was to help pay for the rebuilding of the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666.
In 1692, the Parliament of England introduced a national