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In effect we do have a property tax on laptops, but for convenience you pay it up front (VAT @ 20% of the value). It pays for all the same things such as helping the police to defend your laptop from being stolen, and paying for the ports and roads along which your laptop was imported (as well as the national debt which was increased when you imported it).

Council tax is the UK property tax. It's a very low-rated and regressive tax, but it's a property tax.

Good luck getting any value from the UK police of your laptop is stolen.

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