For centuries one of the key functions of Parliament has been the raising of money, originally at the request of the monarch but more recently in order to support the work and machinery of Government.
Taxation has played a fundamental part in this process. Parliament has authorised all kinds of different taxes and systems of collecting it, though the tax everyone is familiar with today is income tax.
Follow the major stages in the development of Britain's system of taxation from the 17th century
Delve more deeply into the evolution of Britain's taxes and Parliament's historical role in this process
The boundaries of taxation have been gradually extended since the 19th century. Find out how and why this came about