exemption

noun
ex·​emp·​tion | \ ig-ˈzem(p)-shən How to pronounce exemption (audio) \

Definition of exemption

1 : the act of exempting or state of being exempt : immunity
2 : one that exempts or is exempted especially : a source or amount of income exempted from taxation

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Synonyms for exemption

Synonyms

immunity, impunity

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Examples of exemption in a Sentence

They were granted exemptions from military service. You can claim a tax exemption for each of your dependents.

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The county government and Sandy Springs have homestead exemptions in place that limit the annual property value increase for most homeowners, which lowers tax bills. Arielle Kass, ajc, "Property taxes expected to rise in Fulton County and cities," 11 July 2018 Lawmakers in New Jersey have enacted a religious exemption. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Boy on life support at CHOP leaves U.S., arrives in Guatemala for procedure," 25 June 2018 Also catching officials’ eye is a tax exemption Williams secured for the offices in 2008 because of the lease for government office space. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Assessor: 'Multiple discrepancies' in Porter County tax exemption documents," 9 July 2018 The exemptions allow athletes to treat medical conditions with substances that would otherwise be banned. James Ellingworth, The Seattle Times, "Russia warms to controversial TUEs after doping scandals," 12 Apr. 2019 The biker exemption is one of many carve-outs under consideration as officials haggle over the final details of a congestion pricing system this weekend. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Motorcyclists May Steer Clear of New Congestion-Pricing Fee," 29 Mar. 2019 There’s just one catch: The exemption must be filed at least seven days before each event, which isn’t always possible considering boxers can find out about some matches with less than a week’s notice. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Muslim Teen Reportedly Banned for His Beard Files Civil Rights Complaint Against USA Boxing," 17 Sep. 2018 The changes Trump signed into law last year doubled the exemption so the tax won't kick in for estates worth less than nearly $11 million. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana agribusinessman Kip Tom tapped by Trump for food ambassador job," 11 July 2018 The exemption has some county residents, including District 17's State Rep. John Gannon, D-Boise, crying foul. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "Ada County drivers, you subsidize big trucks — even though they damage roads more.," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of exemption

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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exemption

noun

English Language Learners Definition of exemption

: freedom from being required to do something that others are required to do
: a source or amount of income that is not taxed

exemption

noun
ex·​emp·​tion | \ ig-ˈzemp-shən How to pronounce exemption (audio) \

Kids Definition of exemption

: freedom from having to do something that other people are required to do

exemption

noun
ex·​emp·​tion | \ ig-ˈzemp-shən How to pronounce exemption (audio) \

Legal Definition of exemption

1 : the act of exempting or state of being exempt
2 : one that exempts or is exempted: as
a : an amount of income exempted from taxation that may be deducted from adjusted gross income under the tax laws — see also Internal Revenue Code — compare deduction, exclusion, tax credit
dependency exemption \ də-​ˈpen-​dən-​sē-​ \
: an exemption that is allowed for each dependent who qualifies under the tax laws (as sections 151 and 152 of the Internal Revenue Code)

Note: Under the federal income tax laws, the dependency exemption is allowed for each dependent whose gross income is less than the exemption or who is a child of the taxpayer and is under 19 or a student under 24.

personal exemption
: an exemption that is allowed for the taxpayer or for the taxpayer and spouse if filing a joint return
b : the right created by federal and state laws to exempt specified types of property from a bankruptcy estate precludes the debtor from using the exemptions in the Bankruptcy Code also : a type of property that may be claimed as exempt — see also Bankruptcy Code

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