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Author Topic: Should the Government consider putting a tax on Urine?  (Read 740 times)

Offline P-Kasso2

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Should the Government consider putting a tax on Urine?
« on: 05 October, 2017, 04:10:52 PM »
It's not as daft as it sounds! I mean, various British governments have seen fit to whack a tax on some pretty ludicrous things such as the number of clocks you have, on soap, on wigs and Oliver Cromwell even put a tax on hiding escaping Royalists.

In the mid 17th century there was a tax on fireplaces. At the end of that century there was even a tax on daylight (via the infamous Window Tax). Then came a tax on bricks, playing cards, dice, printed wallpaper, hats, candles, dogs and radio sets.

So why not tax urine too?


After all, I've just read that there is a well-established precedent - sometime around 70 AD, the very savvy Roman emperor Vaspasian stuffed  a tax on urine and raised heaps of dosh. Urine was used in the tanning process and also by ye olde launderers as a source of ammonia for cleaning heaps of dirty togas. Britain could use the Urine Tax to raise buckets and buckets of money to help schools, the NHS and pay for several garagefuls of Trident missiles.

Could taxing Urine be the best way out of Britain's years of austerity?  Are there any other things the Government should consider taxing? Your country needs you!
« Last Edit: 05 October, 2017, 05:31:35 PM by P-Kasso2 »
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Re: Should the Government consider putting a tax on Urine?
« Reply #1 on: 05 October, 2017, 08:42:31 PM »
How would you measure it reliably?

I'd look forward to the first lawsuit from someone who drinks little to avoid the tax, and whose kidneys pack up, or just generally dies from dehydration

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Re: Should the Government consider putting a tax on Urine?
« Reply #2 on: 05 October, 2017, 11:45:35 PM »
How would you measure it reliably?

I'd look forward to the first lawsuit from someone who drinks little to avoid the tax, and whose kidneys pack up, or just generally dies from dehydration

"How would you measure it reliably?"  Well, it's perfectly simple, Siasl. Rather like some people having to wear one of those ASBO doodads round their ankles, everyone could have to wear a colostomy bag thingy. Empty it out every night into a special calibrated container and send it registered post it to the tax man or to a regulatory authority, like Oftel but called Ofpee.

It'd be dead easy to manage because the tax man has been taking the p*ss out of people for donkey's years.
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