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I was reading last night with my family in Mosiah chapter 11.  The following verses caught my eye:

For behold, he (Noah) did not keep the commandments of God, but he did walk after the desires of his own heart. And he had many wives and concubines. And he did cause his people to commit sin, and do that which was abominable in the sight of the Lord. Yea, and they did commit whoredoms and all manner of wickedness.  And he laid a tax of one fifth part of all they possessed, a fifth part of their gold and of their silver, and a fifth part of their ziff, and of their copper, and of their brass and their iron; and a fifth part of their fatlings; and also a fifth part of all their grain.   And all this did he take to support himself, and his wives and his concubines; and also his priests, and their wives and their concubines; thus he had changed the affairs of the kingdom.  (Mosiah 11:2-4, emphasis added)

Here wicked King Noah was taxing the people 20% of all they had.  Later, the Lamanites had the Nephites into capitivity, and charged them a greater tax:

“And all this he did, for the sole purpose of bringing this people into subjection or into bondage. And behold, we at this time do pay tribute to the king of the Lamanites, to the amount of one half of our corn, and our barley, and even all our grain of every kind, and one half of the increase of our flocks and our herds; and even one half of all we have or possess the king of the Lamanites doth exact of us, or our lives.   And now, is not this grievous to be borne? And is not this, our affliction, great? Now behold, how great reason we have to mourn.” (Mosiah 7:22-23, emphasis added)

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