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For War Taxes, see war taxes.
Provincial base tax in 1444.

Taxation is one of the three primary sources of monthly income alongside production and trade. Each province has a base tax (and eventually an additional tax income) and a tax income efficiency. Taxation is increased by national tax income besides tax income from provinces so that:


Provincial tax incomeEdit

Monthly tax income from provinces is:  

The tax income efficiency includes local modifiers such as buildings and wrong-culture penalties and also national tax modifiers like   treasurer advisor. The   local autonomy is applied multiplicatively, so if a province has 100% local autonomy, the province tax amount will be of 0%.

Base taxEdit

  Base tax is one of the three components of   development in a province, and is an abstract representation of the size and wealth of the population. Players may increase base tax by spending   administrative monarch points. Some events and decisions also affect base tax.

Moreover, each point of base tax give the following bonus:

  −1% Local recruitment time

Local tax incomeEdit

The local tax income (‘yearly tax income’) is a flat amount added to the base tax. The   Longhouse native building (  +1 yearly tax income) is the only source of local tax income besides some modifiers of events.

Tax efficiencyEdit

Tax efficiency is how efficient the government is at extracting taxes from a province. The percentages are additive so, for example, if a province in an   Oligarchic republic (+5%) is a   core city (+25% and +75%) but it is   blockaded (−75%), the total tax efficiency will be 30%.

Local modifiersEdit

These are modifiers that affect provinces on a case-by-case basis.

+75% as   core province
+60% with a   cathedral (replaces temple)
  • with an   Irrigation - native building
  • in an area of a trade company with   district investment (replaces settlements)
+40% with a   temple
  • as city
  • in an area of a trade company with   settlements investment
+15% producing   gems
+2% per colony level (100 settlers)
−10% for each negative point of religious tolerance
−15% with a non-accepted culture from the group of the primary culture
−33% with a non-accepted culture from a different group as the primary culture

National modifiersEdit

These are modifiers that affect all of the owner's provinces equally.

+25.0% as Emperor of China with active ‘Conduct Population Census’ decree (10 years)
  • as   Catholic after initiating ‘Levy Church Tax’ papal action
  • embracing   ‘Industrialization’ institution
  • with crusade bonus
  • with a   treasurer as advisor
  • as   Protestant
  • as   Hindu with   Surya as personal deity
  • as   Norse with   Freya as personal deity
  • as   Tengri with   Mahayana syncretic faiths
  • with a ruler which has the   ‘Midas Touched’ personality
+5.0% for each point of positive   stability
+0.5% for each point of   revanchism
+0.2% as Muslim for each point towards   legalism
−10.0% with a ruler which has the   ‘Greedy’ personality
−20.0% during the   ‘Court And Country’ disaster

From governments:

+25% as   ‘Native Council’ with ‘Clan Societies’   Native advancement
−25%+25% as   theocracy depending on   devotion
−10% as a random neigbor of a country with  Sich Rada’ government reform (tier 1   republic) after   ‘Receive Fleeing Serfs’ interaction

From estates:

  • with a loyal   Clergy estate (scaling by influence)
  • with a loyal   Brahmins estate (scaling by influence)
−20%+20% depending on   crown land level
−5%0% with   Burghers or   Vaishyas estate and granted   ‘Patronage of the Arts’ privilege (scaling by land ownership)
−15%0% with   Marathas estate and granted   ‘Maratha Military Leadership’ privilege (scaling by land ownership)
−20%0% with   Nobility or   Marathas estate and granted   ‘Increased Levies’ privilege (scaling by land ownership)
  • with a disloyal   Clergy estate (scaling by influence)
  • with a disloyal   Brahmins estate (scaling by influence)
−25% during the   ‘Aristocratic Coup’ disaster

From ideas and policies:

  Traditions Ideas Bonuses Policies
  • Holy Roman idea 4: Centralized Empire
  • Papal idea 2: Papal Investiture and Tithes
  • Granadan traditions
  • Trent traditions
  • Ashikaga idea 6: The bakufu Chokkatsuchi
  • Italian (cU) idea 5: Italian Tax Reform
  • Québécois idea 2: The Seigneurial System
  • Thomondian idea 3: Enforce Cios Dubh
  • Sardinian-Piedmontese ambition
  • Diplomatic-Economic: The Dissolution Act
  • Ayyubid traditions
  • Bremish traditions
  • Burmese traditions
  • Chiba traditions
  • Chimu traditions
  • Chosokabe tradition
  • Clevian traditions
  • Danish traditions
  • Finnish traditions
  • Frankfurter traditions
  • Garjati traditions
  • Guarani traditions
  • Hamburger traditions
  • Hessian traditions
  • Kangra traditions
  • Khmer traditions
  • K'iche traditions
  • Laotian traditions
  • Leonese traditions
  • Mainzian traditions
  • Nubian traditions
  • Otomo traditions
  • Palatine traditions
  • Perugian traditions
  • Sonoran traditions
  • Three Leagues traditions
  • Tirhuti traditions
  • Utrecht traditions
  • Economic idea 1: Bureaucracy
  • Andean idea 1: Talking Knots
  • Armenian idea 4: Melikdom Organization
  • Ashanti idea 6: Osei Kwadwo's Reforms
  • Assamese idea 6: Land Survey
  • Ayutthayan idea 1: White Elephant
  • Aztec idea 5: Imperial Tribute
  • Baluch idea 6: Chiefs and Landlords
  • Bavarian idea 5: Become Brewmaster General
  • Bengal Sultanate idea 6: Begin the Minting of Rupees
  • Bengali idea 6: Opium Fields of Bengal
  • Beninese idea 3: Appointment of the Onotueyevbo
  • Brandenburg idea 2: Found the Kammergericht
  • Brazilian idea 1: Governorate General
  • Bregenzer idea 2: Securing the Countess's Rule
  • Butua idea 4: Hierarchical Tax Organization
  • Byzantine idea 3: Start Administrative Reform
  • Caspian idea 5: Unite the states of Tabarestan
  • Client State idea 2: Foreign Sheriffs
  • Croatian idea 3: Granary of Croatia
  • Dali idea 3: Confucian Influences
  • Danziger idea 7: Lutheran Change
  • Divine idea 7: Render unto Caesar
  • French idea 3: Estates General
  • Galician idea 1: The Way of St. James
  • Genoese idea 5: Overhaul the Bureaucracy
  • Gond idea 7: Formalize Relations with the Chiefs
  • Great Ming idea 6: Bring in the Head Tax
  • Hejazi idea 5: Cradle of Gold
  • Holstein idea 5: Reunification of the Holsteiner Lands
  • Hungarian idea 4: Reformed Coinage
  • Imerina idea 5: Reform the Andriana
  • Incan idea 3: Quipu
  • Indian Sultanate idea 3: Comprehensive Land Survey
  • Interlacustrine idea 7: Development of Clientship
  • Ionian idea 3: Settling the Islands
  • Kievan idea 7: One To Rule Them All
  • Kitabatake idea 1: Unification of Ise
  • Kongo idea 1: Kongolese Tax Exchange
  • Korean idea 7: Economic reform
  • Krakowian idea 3: City Rights
  • Kutai idea 6: Consolidation of Kutai
  • Lan Na idea 3: Waters of the Naga
  • Lithuanian idea 3: Magdeburg Laws
  • Lunda idea 3: Establish the Tukwata
  • Lusatian idea 2: Sale of Land
  • Malagasy idea 7: Permanent Taxation System
  • Maravi idea 6: Chimanga Ndi Moyo
  • Mayan idea 5: Kuchkabal
  • Meath idea 5: The Cess
  • Medri Bahri idea 4: Strengthen Central Rule
  • Mindanao idea 2: Unite the Datus
  • Montenegrin idea 6: Tax Reform
  • Mughal idea 5: Zabt System
  • Muiscan idea 5: Emeralds Barter
  • Muscovite idea 1: Gatherers of Tribute
  • Mutapan idea 5: Elected Administrators
  • Nanbu idea 5: Centralization Reform
  • Nizhny Novgorod idea 3: Issue Land Reforms
  • Norman idea 3: The Channel Islands
  • Orissan idea 3: Parikshas
  • Ormond idea 3: The Wool Earl
  • Ottoman idea 5: The Law code of Suleiman
  • Persian idea 7: Increase the Crown Lands
  • Qara Qoyunlu 7: Irrigation and Public Works
  • Ragusan idea 7: Palace of the Rector
  • Roman idea 6: Imperial Bureaucracy
  • Romanian idea 7: Phanariote Taxes
  • Saluzzo idea 7: The Marquis Mint
  • Sami idea 2: Protection of Reindeer Herds
  • Satake idea 2: Dual Administration
  • Saxon idea 6: The Principal Line
  • Scottish idea 5: Tighten up Royal Revenue
  • Sinhalese idea 1: Gabadagam
  • South Indian idea 2: Water Tanks and Canals
  • Sulawesi idea 4: Unification of Sulawesi
  • Telugu idea 3: Kakatiya Legacy
  • Theodorian idea 6: Turms
  • Toki idea 5: Peculation of Estates
  • Transylvanian idea 4: Decree of Torda
  • Tripuran idea 2: Adaptive Administration
  • Vermont idea 4: Cheese Wheels
  • Westphalian idea 5: Tax Reforms
  • Wurzburgian idea 5: Cassation of Monasteries
  • Yarkandi idea 2: Altishahr
  • Yi idea 4: Yi Solar Calendar
  • Zambezi idea 7: Loyal Representatives
  • Creek ambition
  • Caucasian ambition
  • French ducal ambition
  • Frisian ambition
  • Lorraine ambition
  • National ambition
  • Rothenburg ambition
  • Sardinian ambition
  • Savoyard ambition
  • Shimazu ambition
  • Silesian ambition
  • Aristocratic-Economic: The Court of Wards and Liveries
  • Administrative-Plutocratic: The Land Inheritance Act
  • Humanist-Maritime: The Citrus Statute
  • Plutocratic-Economic: Formalized Scales, Weights and Measures
  • National idea 2: Tax Reform

Various event, decision and mission rewards may influence either local or national tax efficiency.

National tax incomeEdit

National tax income (‘yearly tax income’) is a special tax income that is not tied to individual provinces. It is added last to your tax income after tax efficiency is applied, so it isn't affected even by national modifiers.

+12.0 Base for every nation
+10.0 with   Mughal Diwan government reform and assimilated East Bantu culture group
−6.0 Subject nation
+3.0 Free city
+2.0 the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire per free city
+0.5 the emperor of the HRE with ‘Enact Gemeiner Pfennig’ imperial reform for every prince
+0.5 Electors of the HRE with ‘Geteilte Macht’ imperial reform for every prince

Several events, such as a successful hunt for the seven cities, and missions also can grant a yearly tax income.


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