Taxes may be collected every week from the populace of your fiefs. In Mount&Blade, taxes accumulate so you don't have to visit every week. Warband improved on tax collection by removing the need to visit at all, as you automatically receive taxes along with your weekly payments.
|Fief type||Base income|
The prosperity of each fief also affects the amount of taxes they produce. You can raise the prosperity of a town by making sure that its caravans reach their destinations, and by completing quests from its Guild Master. For villages, stop them from being raided, kill bandits if they do invade, build improvements, and complete quests given by the Village Elders. Also, when repeatedly purchasing imported goods from a town or village, the prosperity will eventually drop due to the lack of these goods. The import items will no longer be available until caravans have returned them, which can take a rather long time.
Affects only rents and tariffs of all the player's fiefs.
Tax inefficiency depends on how many fiefs you personally own, and the campaign AI setting. You can hold certain amount of fiefs before tax inefficiency kicks in, and each fief increases inefficiency by a percent.
|Campaign AI||Threshold / Inefficiency gain|
- Note: In Warband and Viking Conquest, each town counts as 2 fiefs.
The maximum efficiency loss on any difficulty is 65%.
In Viking Conquest you can reduce tax inefficiency by owning a kingdom and hiring tax enforcement from advisor for 3000 a week.
As a result of tax inefficiency, it is advisable once a strong economic basis is established (such as with Productive Enterprises), that you refuse villages and castles as fiefs (which often cost more than they're worth to defend anyway) and only accept towns. However, gaining towns often requires besieging them yourself and having high renown if you do not own your own kingdom.
Alternatively, if you plan to capture the entire map or a large part of it, you may consider to keep all fiefs for yourself. since the minimum tax efficiency is 35%, the more fiefs you have, the more that 35% represents in actual taxes, and at some point, those taxes will be more than you can get from 2 to 6 fiefs at maximum efficiency. You will need about 3 times as many fiefs that you could manage at 100% efficiency to get the same tax revenue, any fiefs that you get after that are pure 35% profit per fief compared to the 100% efficiency strategy.
The only reason, in that case, to have lords, is so that they can help 'police' your territory. If you give a lord only a single village, they will still be able to raise and support a 250-man army. This is very cheap and very helpful.
Figure out a unit type that is cheap, but all have good/decent armor, and put 70-100 per fort and 150-200 per town to keep the guard cost low. They are only there to hold out long enough for you to help them fight off a siege.