Revenue stamp dating alcohol
The practice is almost entirely stopped now, partly due to the prevalence of forgeries which cost the issuing government revenue.
Revenue stamps are stamps used to collect taxes and fees.
Other countries have simply allowed revenue stamps to be used for postage or vice versa.
A revenue stamp authorized subsequently for postal use is known as a postal fiscal.
Governments enforce the payment of the tax by making unstamped documents unenforcable in court.
The tax has been applied to contracts, tenancy agreements, wills etc.
The Revenue Society has defined revenue stamps as " ...stamps, whether impressed, adhesive or otherwise, issued by or on behalf of International, National or Local Governments, their Licensees or Agents, and indicate that a tax, duty or fee has been paid or prepaid or that permission has been granted." Their use became widespread in the 19th century, partly inspired by the success of the postage stamp, and partly motivated by the desire to streamline government operations, the presence of a revenue stamp being an indication that the item in question had already paid the necessary fees.