Bachelor tax

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A bachelor tax is a punitive tax imposed on unmarried men. Historically many societies have imposed or attempted to impose bachelor taxes or more general taxes on childlessness. In the modern era, many countries vary tax rates by marital status, so current references to bachelor taxes are typically implicit rather than explicit.[1]

Such explicit measures historically would be instituted as part of a moral panic concerning the willingness of young men to marry and have children.[2][3]

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