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List of Taxes levied during Gupta Period

05-OCT-2016 18:15

    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.


    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.

    Summary of Indus Valley Civilization (Harappa Civilization)

    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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