benevolence
   obsolete
   an arbitrary tax
   Literally, generosity. English monarchs extracted such taxation from their rich subjects under the guise of loans which were described as benevolences but never repaid. The 1689 Bill of Rights brought this method of taxation to an end, until revived in the Second World War with a tax called the Post-War Credit, which was eventually repaid in a depreciated currency without interest.

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