King George also had to pay off the giant war debt he had. To do this he put a tax on the all the colonies. This was called the stamp act. He taxed newspapers, documents, and even playing cards. This enraged the colonists. It wasn't that they had to pay money, it was that they had no say in the tax. They wanted to vote on it in their own assmbilis. They protested it for months. Some were even violent, attacking tax collectors. The British government repealed the tax in 1766. The colonists now saw they had some power to make their own decisions.