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Income Tax in Common Law Jurisdictions: Volume 1 - From the Origins to 1820

ISBN13: 9781107411586
Published: November 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2006)
Price: £45.99
Hardback edition , ISBN13 9780521870832

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This book was first published in 2006. Many common law countries inherited British income tax rules. Whether the inheritance was direct or indirect, the rationale and origins of some of the central rules seem almost lost in history. Commonly, they are simply explained as being of British origin without more, but even in Britain the origins of some of these rules are less than clear. This book traces the roots of the income tax and its precursors in Britain and in its former colonies to 1820. Harris focuses on four issues that are central to common law income taxes and which are of particular current relevance: the capital/revenue distinction, the taxation of corporations, taxation on both a source and residence basis, and the schedular approach to taxation. He uses an historical perspective to make observations about the future direction of income tax in the modern world.

Legal History, Taxation
Table of statutes
1. To 1641: searching for seeds in feudal England
1642 to 1688: religion, revolt and restoration
1688 to 1763: regional relations, colonial competition and impending independence
1763 to 1792: empire divided
1793 to 1820: the Napoleonic battle, the mighty engine and the immediate aftermath