FIFA World Cup 2018: fact of the day
Enjoy a fact of the day to go with the match of the day! Stay tuned for tax and economy facts about all 32 countries as they play.
In 1698 Russian Emperor Peter I introduced a tax on beards in an effort to modernise Russian society and bring it in line with Western Europe. Bearded men had to carry a copper or silver “beard token” to prove they had paid the tax and police would forcibly shave those who refused to pay.
Residents of Saudi Arabia pay no personal income tax on earnings derived from employment in the country. However, non-residents conducting business in the Kingdom are subject to an income tax rate of 20%.
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