direct tax


Definition of direct tax

: a tax exacted directly from the taxpayer

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Recent Examples on the Web The family spent $1 billion to renovate the stadium with no direct tax dollars, according to MLB. Allen Kim And Jacob Lev, CNN, "Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, designated a National Historic Landmark," 19 Nov. 2020 These contributions were based on the value of their property, not their income, which made them in a sense a direct tax on wealth. Thomas Martin, The Conversation, "Only the richest ancient Athenians paid taxes – and they bragged about it," 3 Nov. 2020 No taxpayer earning under $400,000 should see a direct tax increase under Biden’s plan, though they could be hit indirectly. Politifact, Detroit Free Press, "Fact-checking Joe Biden’s closing arguments of the 2020 campaign," 1 Nov. 2020 That room for tax increases at the top—created in part by the 2017 tax law passed by Republicans—leaves Democrats defending direct tax increases only on a small share of the population. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Why Biden Would Start Tax Increases at $400,000 a Year," 3 Oct. 2020 According to a 2017-2018 University of Alabama study, football has a $137.2 million direct economic impact on Tuscaloosa and the direct tax revenue loss to the city – if the football season had been canceled – was around $2.5 million. John Sharp, al, "Crumbling expectations: Plummeting tourism means lower lodging revenue for Alabama cities," 20 Aug. 2020 The primary objective of incorporating exemptions and deductions in the direct tax structure is to push Indians to save for the future so that the overall burden on the government is contained. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "From economy to climate change, IIM and ISB students find Budget 2020 woefully wanting," 2 Feb. 2020 Indirect taxes in India are nearly double that of direct taxes. Shoaib Daniyal, Quartz India, "Even the Modi government is feeling the heat of India’s economic slowdown," 5 Dec. 2019 Many constitutional scholars warn that a wealth tax is neither a direct tax nor income tax. Michael Tanner, National Review, "Elizabeth Warren’s Untenable Plans," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of direct tax

1770, in the meaning defined above

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“Direct tax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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