direct tax


Definition of direct tax

: a tax exacted directly from the taxpayer

Examples of direct tax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sitharaman also announced creating a dedicated cell headed by a member of the central board of direct taxes, India’s highest tax authority. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "Indian startups hope for a boost in investment after angel tax relief," 26 Aug. 2019 The Supreme Court struck it down in 1895, ruling that such a levy violated the Constitution’s requirement that direct taxes be apportioned among the states based on population. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Democrats Take Aim at the Reagan Tax Revolution," 15 Feb. 2019 And any Democrat who wants lower premiums next year should support a delay in the direct tax on premiums that insurers pass along to consumers. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The GOP’s Clean Bills of Health Savings," 29 July 2018 Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the states within this union according to their respective numbers. Gregory Krieg, CNN, "The census has always been a weapon of political power," 27 Mar. 2018 Economists have long argued that carbon pricing, either through a direct tax or cap-and-trade, can be an effective tool for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions warming the planet. Brad Plumer, New York Times, "New Jersey Embraces an Idea It Once Rejected: Make Utilities Pay to Emit Carbon," 29 Jan. 2018 But that progressivity holds true only for direct taxes on personal and corporate income. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Europe’s Taxes Aren’t as Progressive as Its Leaders Like to Think," 3 Aug. 2017 The Big Six plan includes direct tax cuts for middle-class earners, but the reduction in business taxation has been criticized as benefiting the wealthy. Edward Lazear, WSJ, "How to Make a Good Tax-Reform Plan Even Better," 16 Oct. 2017 Record corporate profits and unprecedented stock valuations, juxtaposed with weak median income growth this century, together make a strong case for a completely different law, one that would direct tax benefits toward the middle class. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Donald Trump’s Tax Pitch Doesn’t Make Any Sense," 11 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of direct tax

1770, in the meaning defined above

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31 Oct 2019

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“Direct tax.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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Financial Definition of direct tax

What It Is

A direct tax is any tax levied on companies or individuals that cannot be transferred to another party. It is the opposite of indirect tax.

How It Works

Direct taxes affect individuals and companies to the amountn of the tax that cannot be eliminated by transferring to another party. Personal, corporate and property taxes are examples of direct taxes.

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Why It Matters

Individuals and entities affected by direct taxes should stay informed about how much they should be prepared to pay, and if these changes might affect business decisions.

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Legal Definition of direct tax

: a tax imposed on a taxpayer himself or herself or on his or her property — compare excise

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