“The commoners don’t fight with the officials. You are asking for trouble when you are arrogant with the people from the yamen.”
Xu He looked at the man pulling the rein, he was different from the leisurely on the way back just now, his face fell down. He also didn’t have a good impression of those yamen servants who were collecting the taxes money, but he patted Zhang Fangyuan’s hand and persuaded him.
“What kind of officials are they? They are not even as good as ordinary people, but they have been in the yamen for a long time, they often see the county magistrate so they think they are superior. They shout at the ordinary people.” He also thought about letting himself work as a yamen servant, to be able to arrest criminals, collect taxes, and so on. It looked good to go in and out of the yamen, but the monthly salary was not as good as that of a waiter in a restaurant outside, so he didn’t go.
Xu He closed his mouth and looked at him quietly.
“Okay, can I still be so small-minded that I can’t get angry with them?” Zhang Fangyuan looked at his fulang and laughed again.
Xu He thought to himself that if your mind was not small, who was small?
He said: “There are two people in our family, so we should not pay too much taxes.”
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Every year when it came to pay the taxes, the villagers would fall into depression. Suddenly you had to spend a large amount of money, and it didn’t like anyone else who was doing business. Although you had to spend money and things, but you had a lot of fun and a feast, this payment of taxes was completely tantamount to take it for nothing. Who could be happy when they only had such a small amount of income in a year.
Xu He was afraid that Zhang Fangyuan would also be sad, so he joked: “If you marry me later, maybe you could save money for my tax.”
Zhang Fangyuan smiled and said: “Don’t you know there is a saying that buy early and enjoy early? “
“Your poll tax is nothing.” Zhang Fangyuan said, “And I’m willing to pay it. The one that makes me worry is the days of paying taxes. Look, we probably still have something to worry about.”
Xu He was slightly puzzled: “How do you say it?”
Zhang Fangyuan didn’t speak directly, but stroked Xu He’s hair: “Don’t worry about it, I will block it. You will know what’s going on in the future.”
Xu He frowned slightly.
According to the court law, the people of the world paid taxes according to the population. Among them, those who were three years old to fourteen years old, regardless of whether they were girls, gers or boys, they had to pay a tax of 30 copper coins per year, which was called mouth money. Those who were fifteen years old were adults, and the annual poll tax for an adult was one hundred and twenty copper coins.
People paid poll tax until they were fifty-six years old, which meant that the age range for people to pay poll tax was from three years old to fifty-six years old, and they had to pay fifty-three years of poll tax if they lived in this world.
Of course, this was only the poll tax price of ordinary people. If a wealthy family raised servants, the poll tax would be paid by the head family, twice the price of ordinary people.
In other words, the richer the family, the higher the tax.
Apart from these, Xu He was often laughed at by the villagers before he got married and said that if he couldn’t get married, he would stay at home and pay the late marriage tax. There were also laws to follow. In order to encourage marriage, the imperial court, if a ger or a woman didn’t marry in the age group of fifteen to thirty, the older they got, the higher the poll tax the family had to pay to them.
The poll tax increased year by year from the age of 15 to the peak at the age of 22. It could be as high as 50%, but after the peak, it would gradually decreased. After the age of 30, the late marriage tax wouldn’t be paid.
For this reason, for families with many children, girls and gers would be planned to marry early after they grew up, and they would do the marriage a little later every year, in order to avoid some taxes. That was why there were many happy events in March and April every year.
But sometimes the married couple wanted to marry after June, both families wanted to avoid the poll tax, and the two parties would play football with each other, but generally the men couldn’t hide, after all, they were hiring a wife, too much bargaining and they would not get a wife .
Because of the poll tax, it was very rare for villagers to raise servants or three wives and four concubines. It was difficult to raise their own family members, so how dared they raised so many people.
There were only two people in Zhang Fangyuan’s family now, and the poll tax was two hundred and forty copper coins. In addition, there was a “household tax” for a family unit. Each family paid two hundred copper coins a year. It didn’t matter how many people in your family, whether it was one person or ten people, unless it was black households. Of course, it was not a matter of paying money for black households, they would be directly arrested and locked up in the Yamen, and they would be carefully interrogated what was going on with them.
Xu He went home and did the math, sobbing on the spot, all the money he earned today was wiped out, and he even had to subsidize a lot from his savings.
For today alone, you had to pay four hundred and forty copper coins! There were only two people in their family!
In the past, Liu Xianglan was in charge of paying taxes at home, and he only heard about it a little bit. Now that he was in charge of the housekeeper, he realized how big the expense was.
Zhang Fangyuan looked at Xu He who was counting the money, and his little face suddenly lost its luster. Although he wanted to comfort him very much, he still told him very sincerely: “More than that, you haven’t counted the corvee tax.”
Xu He was shocked. He sat up straight: “How is the corvee tax calculated?”
Zhang Fangyuan said unhurriedly: “Girls and gers have a late marriage tax, and men have a corvee tax, which is also known as Geng Fu (experience tax).”
The court law stipulated that men must serve the court from the year of weak crown (20 y.o).