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The taxes of Somerset can fall under one of these categories:

  • Probate Taxes (these are taxes after death)[1] .
  • In 1692 the British government instituted another innovative scheme to increase revenue which came to be known as the land tax[2] .
  • The Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 placed the responsibility for the care of the poor in England and Wales, from 1834 onward, on Poor Law Unions[3]. The Poor Law Unions and their workhouses took over this responsibility from the Church of England parishes. Prior to 1834 a few parishes or collections of parishes had established a few workhouses to help relieve the poor and provide indoor relief in the form of food, clothes and shelter.