The Stamp Act was passed by the British Parliament on March 22, 1765. The American imposed Tax had them required to pay a tax on on all printed paper they used. Ship papers, legal documents, other publications, and playing cards were also taxed. It was seen as an attempt by England to raise money in the colonies without consent from colonial legislatures. colonist reasoned that If this new tax were to pass with no resistance, there would be an open door for more troubling taxation in the future.