Taxes are a necessary evil that everyone has to pay. You, your parent and way past your grandparents all had to pay them. Don't believe me?
Many ancient civilizations used taxes as a way to fund their governments. Majority of taxes was collected through agriculture and labor.
Since ancient Egypt didn't have a coin system the pharaoh would take a fifth of the agricultural proceeds and many Egyptians were required to enter manual labor. Who do you think built the pyramids?
This month tax is some grain and livestock to support the war effort!
Here you go!
Ancient Greek had many city and independent states, each one would provide food, materials, and manpower to wage war and maintain religious monuments as their tax. In 500 B.C. a monetary system was implemented, which brought huge economic change and growth of trade. Taxation became the most dependable way to raise money.
Take my grains!
In ancient China, taxes on the peasant population will comprise of a percentage of the grain harvested and military service. They also drew revenues from state monopolies like salt and iron enterprises.