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11/03/2017

About taxes in the 8th century

The government had various ways of taxing people in the 8th century.
 
First, the Imperial court gave rice-fields to people who were over 6 years and they had to pay about 3 percent of their crops to the Court.
 
The crops were stored at each region. This tax was called So.
 
Second, adult males also had to submit special products of the district such as silk or fabrics or thread to the Court and they had to deliver these products to the capital themselves. The tax was called Cho.
 
Third, adult males had to work on construction sites or attend to other physical labor by order of the Kokushi who governed the region. They had to be engaged in the work for about 60 days a year without payment. This was called Zoyo.
 
In addition, the Court also lent young rice plants to people too. The plants' cost and the interests had to be paid by crops in autumn. This was called Suiko.
 

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