Taxes and the Late Austrian Empire

April 27, 2015

From Margaret MacMillan’s The War That Ended Peace (p. 228), on the state of the crumbling, top-heavy Austrian Empire near the turn of the 20th century:

“A single tax payment in Vienna went through the hands of twenty-seven different officials. In the Adriatic province of Dalmatia, a commission set up to report on ways to improve the bureaucracy discovered that the collection of direct taxes cost twice as much as it raised.”

Governments come and go, but bureaucracy is eternal.


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