History of Taxes

Originally it was the Egyptians who invented the system of Taxes. They appointed Tax Masters, whose job it was to increase the burden on the slaves under the Egyptian domination. Tax collectors, also known as Scribes, were drawn on tomb paintings dating as far back as 2000 B.C.

They taxed simple things such as the use of cooking oil in family meals, as well as other aspects of daily life. They accomplished this by auditing households and checking that the correct amount of cooking oil was being consumed. They also ensured that residents were not using methods of cooking other than the taxed oil.

Greece adopted the tax system from the Egyptians and used it in Athens during times of war. They created a tax, known as eisphora, which was used to pay for special wartime expenditures. They stopped the tax system once the emergency war was over. Once additional resources were gained by the war effort they refunded the tax. Greece is one of the few societies that managed to maintain this system. Foreigners where taxed in Athens under the metoikion tax.

Ancient Rome took on the tax system and included sales taxes, and inheritance tax, as well as tax on imports and exports. Caesar Augustus is considered as one of the best tax strategists of the Roman Empire. During his reign as “First Citizen”, he made cities responsible for collecting taxes, instead of allocating the task to tax collectors from central government. He created an inheritance tax of 5%, which resulted in all military costs being paid for. This inspired the English and Dutch to make similar taxes in later years.

During Julius Caesar’s reign, sales tax was enforced. Caesar Augustus changed Julius Caesar’s sales tax of 1% to 4% for slaves and 1% for everything else. The first tax-free shipping port at Delos was created in the 4th century B.C. The shipping port is known as the first “Tax Haven” in history. It diverted traffic from Rhodes. Roman Emperor, Vespasian, expanded taxes during the 1st century A.D. He created the Fiscus Judaicus, known as the Tax on Jews, as well as a tax to use urine for cleaning or tanning leather. An inheritance tax of 10% was enforced on all Roman Citizens in 212 A.D.

The Queen of Englia, Boadicea led a revolt, which can be credited to corrupt tax collectors in 60 A.D. The revolt allegedly killed over 80,000 people, including all the Roman soldiers within 100 miles. She managed to seize London during the process and raised an army of 230,000. Emperor Nero finally managed to stop the revolt and appointed new administrators for the British region.

Lady Godiva caused a bit of disturbance herself in the 11th Century. According to legend she rode through town naked on horseback, as part of a deal that she had made with her husband, Leofric, the Earl of Mercia. He had promised to reduce the taxes if she went through with the dare. The residents of Coventry, where the tax was reduced, honoured her for her courage.

From then on countries battled and fought over different types of taxes. Eventually each country began editing its own tax system to suit its needs. They expanded the tax system, dropping smaller taxes for bigger ones, until eventually we have the system we have today.

The Invisible Book Signing

Once upon a time there was a young royal scribe, a joint heir with the King of Kings. This humble scribe decided it would be great to have a book signing in the kingdom’s public library. She worked to reach her readers. She called for the royal announcer to blow his horn publicly so readers far and wide would hear the news. She sent out invitational announcement to nurses through out the royal kingdom.

For many days she prepared for the 4 hour event.

The day arrived and she and her husband traveled to the near kingdom city. When they arrived at the royal library the royal librarian was not very receptive, but cordial. No posters could be put up to announce the event. It must have been a king’s decree across the land. The couple went to the room at the top of the stairs, set up the books and free giveaways, but alas, no one came.

The husband felt sorry for the scribe so he picked her a royal bouquet from the library garden. The guards were unaware.

The scribe picked a book off the shelf and began to read; the husband went outside on the beautiful day and cleaned the carriage. Waiting, and waiting, finally her two greatest fans arrived. Her parents, who also traveled far for the event.

Together they waited until their royal bellies started to growl. They loaded up and went to the local International House of Pancakes and had ummy pancakes and a very nice visit.

The parents and the husband were afraid that the scribe would be disappointed. But, lo and behold, she wasn’t. She thought it funny that she gave a party and no one came. As she ate her pancakes it occurred to her that this must be a royal rite of passage for scribes. She counted it all joy.

After the couple had gotten back to their humble abode in the forest the messenger rang. Her Daddy had stopped at the royal Wal-Mart where their cousin is the manager. Her parents were in need of a new coffee brewing pot and were able to visit with the cousin who was working. The cousin was happy to find out that his cousin was a published scribe. Her Daddy was happy to give him a card for the scribe.

The cousin sent message to the scribe and ordered a book for his sister who is studying to be a nurse. The scribe told him that she would bring it to him on Monday after the Sabbath on Sunday.

The scribe had an idea. What if she can get her royal cousin to stock the book in his royal Wal-Mart?

So she sat down and wrote a message to her royal writing group, Son Rise Writers, asking them to pray to the King of Kings that this might come to pass if it be His Will.

The moral of the story is: Count it all joy.

(Well ain’t that the silliest thing you have ever read?)

Scribe Hotel in Paris – Should it Have a Four Star Or Five Star Rating?

Iconic landmarks, historical sites, famous museums, and romantic ambiance are a couple of things that attracts millions of tourists to Paris annually. Ideally situated in the bank of the River Seine, Paris has more than twenty five famous monuments and iconic landmarks, and over forty magnificent museums that contains all the important artifacts and contemporary arts of France. Paris also boasts of its modern leisure destinations popular in the world like its parks, bars, nightclubs, fashion districts, and shopping area. Also contributing to the elegance of the city is the accommodations offered by different kinds of hotels catering to different types of travelers from different parts of the globe. Some may think that Paris is a very expensive city, but it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to enjoy its grandeur and opulence if you are on a tight budget. Fist thing to consider when visiting the City of Lights is the accommodation you will have to enjoy a comfortable stay while in Paris. If you are on a limited budget, there are a lot of budget hotels which you can choose from that also offer comfortable accommodations at an affordable price. But, if you have extra money to spend on lodging, it is well recommended, especially by seasoned travelers, to stay in one of Paris’ four star hotels to experience the real luxurious Parisian living.

Worth including in your list is the Hotel Scribe in Paris, which is an opulent four star hotel situated at the center of this bustling metropolis right between the magnificent Opera Garnier and Place Vendome. All things considered, this is an ideal location that fuses business, luxury, and Parisian culture right at the center of the city. Fully renovated in 2007 with 213 luxurious rooms to offer, Hotel Scribe Paris also includes 13 suites that can provide world class amenities and quality service fit for a king. With the ambiance of a 19th century dwelling, this hotel is well known for its friendly staff and top rated facilities with functional yet comfortable features.

For a four star hotel, Scribe Hotel Paris can be compared to other five star hotels in term of services, amenities, and hotel staff efficiency. General services and facilities offered by the hotel is an ample parking space for all of its guests, gastronomic restaurants and tea room, pet allowed policy, accommodating in house bar, 24 hour front desk and room service, non smoking rooms, facilities for disabled guests, elevator, personal safety deposit boxes, luggage storage, air conditioned rooms, efficient room heating systems, and various services for the convenience of the hotel’s guests and visitors.

For a taste of Paris’ luxurious living, it doesn’t mean that you have to book an accommodation at a five star hotel. You can experience the real Parisian living at an affordable price and Scribe Hotel Paris can guarantee you an experience you will always cherish in your memory once you return home. There are a lot of things to experience while in the city and it is only important that you have a comfortable accommodation while you are in Paris.