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Window Tax

A tax on the number of windows on a house. Window taxes existed in Britain and France during the 18th and 19th centuries. They were intended primarily to affect the wealthy, who tended to live in houses with more windows. In England, the tax was structured as a flat rate per window, with a variable rate applying after 10 windows. Because of the window tax, some homes had bricked up spaces for windows so owners easily could install windows if the tax were reduced or repealed.
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