Louis XV: Silhoutte

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  • Silhouette
    • Appointed as Controller-General of Finance in 1759.
    • He inherited 217.2 million livres of deficit upon taking office.
    • He cut royal spending and scrutinised the corruption of the tax farmers
    • He prevented wealthy men from gaining an exemption from the taille tax when they took up a minor office in government
    • Attempted to resurrect Machault's idea of 'fiscal equality' by proposing a new property tax, known as the subvention
      • This included tax on windows, doors, farms etc. - movable and immovable propety.
    • His reforms were met with widespread opposition as many felt it was the government who needed to reign in their extravagance,not the privileged class.
    • Due to the opposition, he lasted less than a year.
    • He managed to raise 72 million livres through reforms on the Ferme générale.However, this was not enough
  • This included tax on windows, doors, farms etc. - movable and immovable propety.

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