List of Taxes levied during Gupta Period

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The Economy during the Gupta period was moving from 18 sources or types of Taxes levied on the peolple; the greater part of it was spent on works of public welfare. Land revenue was the main source was generally fixed at one-sixth of the produce.

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Here, we are giving the list of the Taxes levied during Gupta Period which will be helpful for the aspirants who are preparing for the competitive examinations like UPSC-prelims, SSC, State Services, NDA, CDS, and Railways etc.

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Types of Taxes levied during Gupta Period

Types of Taxes Description of Taxes
Kalpita/ Upkilpta Sales Tax and Purchase Tax
Halivakar/ Halidanda Tax on Ploughing
Bali An additional oppressive tax on people
Prataya Toll Tax
Bhog King’s share of produce
Bhoga General Tribute
Bhag Bhagkar Combination of Bhog and Bhaga
Bhatta Police Tax
Chat Security Tax
Charasana Grazing Tax
Hiranya Tax on special produce taken in cash
Udakabhag Water Tax
Uparikar Tax collected from all subjects
Taradaya Tax on navigation
Rajju Tax for measurement of land
Sarvarishti Forced Tax
Bedakbhog Irrigation Tax
Uparnik Tax taken from border area

Agriculture was the prime source of income of the general public and formed the significant part of the empire’s economy through taxation. The State gathered abundant revenues in the form of custom duties and service tax from the people who resided as well as came from outside the state.

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