Taxpayers have clashed with governments for centuries over levies on wool, salt, tobacco, wine, fish, tea and more.
Disagreements between taxpayers and governments are nothing new. For much of recorded history, those in power have sought to increase the taxes they collect: in the past, to finance costly wars and enrich themselves; and more recently, to balance budgets.
Here’s a look at tax conflicts through the years.
The maltolt (1294)
To pay for the war with France, the English Government levied a tax of 3 marks on each bag of wool. Wool producers and merchants protested against the duty, which negatively impacted the price of wool, and Edward I was forced to retract the so-called maltolt in 1297.