Only three things are certain: Birth, Death, and Taxes. Like life, The Witcher 3 makes you pay your taxes. It happens only once in the game, but it shows the amount of thought the developers have put into the in-game world. We often forget this game is eight years old now. The immersive and expansive world of the Witcher 3 has stood the test of time, and thanks to the new-gen update, it has many more years to go. The Taxman Cometh in The Witcher 3 can be the shortest quest in the game, as one can complete it successfully by choosing the correct dialogue options in one conversation. However, there is still a better way to complete it, and I will tell you how to achieve it.
This quest can be done anytime during a playthrough, even after all quests have been completed. All you need to do is:
- Go to Novigrad.
- Reach the Oxenfurt Market with at least 35k Crowns in your pocket.
- Try to leave the Oxenfurt Market area.
As soon as you try to leave the market, you will be greeted by a government officer named Walthemor Mitty. His proper position is the “Deputy Tax Enumerator” representing the Dorian branch of Revenue and Customs for Occupied Temeria. Quite a mouthful.
He will ask you three questions, and the order does not matter. If you answer ‘no’ to two or more of his questions, he will give you a diploma stating that you are a “Taxpayer in Good Standing.” The quest will be completed, and you will receive 50 XP and the diploma.
However, suppose you are like me and want to grind every experience every point of the quest. In that case, I recommend you answer ‘yes’ to his questions. It will prompt Walthemore Mitty to hand you a summon notice to pay your taxes. You must go to the Vivaldi Bank in Hierarch Square in Novigrad and pay 1000 crowns. You will receive 100 XP instead of 50 for completing the quest.
While your tax remains unpaid, Vimme Vivaldi refuses to give you any loans or even play Gwent with you. The questions Walthemore asks you are all exploits players used to take advantage of to cheat the in-game money system and earn loads of Crowns. Almost understandable that you are required to pay a tax if you cheated the system for easy money. It’s these kinds of minor additions to the game which give the Witcher 3 immense replayability.
This is how you can complete The Taxman Cometh in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.