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- Money paid to the government other than for transaction-specific goods and services.
- Synonyms: impost, tribute, contribution, duty, toll, rate, assessment, exaction, custom, demand, levy
- Antonym: subsidy
- 2013 May 17, George Monbiot, “Money just makes the rich suffer”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 23, page 19:
- In order to grant the rich these pleasures, the social contract is reconfigured. […] Essential public services are cut so that the rich may pay less tax. The public realm is privatised, the regulations restraining the ultra-wealthy and the companies they control are abandoned, and Edwardian levels of inequality are almost fetishised.
- (figuratively, uncountable) A burdensome demand.
- a heavy tax on time or health
- 1962 August, G. Freeman Allen, “Traffic control on the Great Northern Line”, in Modern Railways, page 128:
- The extent of the traffic is a tax on the existing yard in the area at Frodingham, the busiest in the District.
- A task exacted from one who is under control; a contribution or service, the rendering of which is imposed upon a subject.
- (obsolete) charge; censure
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Clarendon to this entry?)
- (obsolete) A lesson to be learned.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)
types of taxes
- church tax
- corporation tax
- estate tax
- excise, excise tax
- flat tax
- gift tax
- goods and services tax
- gross receipts tax
- head tax
- income tax
- inheritance tax
terms derived from tax (noun)
money paid to government
- (transitive) To impose and collect a tax from (a person or company).
- Some think to tax the wealthy is the fairest.
- 2018, Kristin Lawless, Formerly known as food, →ISBN, page 251:
- Taxing the food and chemical industries, which make billions off our food consumption, could be another way to generate revenue for the program.
- (transitive) To impose and collect a tax on (something).
- Some think to tax wealth is destructive of a private sector.
- (transitive) To make excessive demands on.
- Do not tax my patience.
- 2007, January 16, “IBM”, in IBM - Reinventing the invention system - United States:
- But patent applications are increasingly accompanied by volumes and volumes of data on DVD, which taxes the resources of the patent office.
- (transitive) To accuse.
- (transitive) To examine accounts in order to allow or disallow items.
to impose and collect a tax
- tax in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- tax in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
- tax in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
|Declension of tax|