foregone

adjective
fore·​gone | \ ˈfȯr-ˌgȯn also -ˌgän \

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My $1,000 contribution costs me $600, and $400 is foregone in my tax bill. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The case against billionaire philanthropy," 17 Dec. 2018 So the citizens of the United States are collectively subsidizing, through foregone tax collection, the giving preferences of the wealthy to a much greater degree than the giving preferences of the middle class or poor. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The case against billionaire philanthropy," 17 Dec. 2018 The handful of special elections for seats in the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, have all but foregone pro-Kremlin conclusions. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, "Despite Demonstrations, Russian Elections Promise No Drama—By Design," 9 Sep. 2018 But after them, perhaps thanks to Lee’s erudition, her diplomacy with competing cultural factions, and her powers of persuasion, the votes are more or less foregone. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "The Delicate Art of Creating New Emoji," 28 June 2018 But the full costs of his policies - in investments foregone and workers not hired - escape casual scrutiny. David J. Lynch, chicagotribune.com, "The hidden costs of 'America First' tariffs," 7 June 2018 His point was that when a long-term homeowner older than 55 sells a home, the huge tax increase on that home would more than offset the foregone tax increase on the home the senior is purchasing. Kathleen Pender, San Francisco Chronicle, "Here’s what readers had to say about that property tax initiative," 7 Apr. 2018 Overall, the city accounted in the current fiscal year for about $3.4 billion in foregone property taxes related to residential housing programs, much of it unrelated to Mr. de Blasio’s plan. J. David Goodman, New York Times, "De Blasio Bolsters Affordable Housing, but at What Price?," 4 Mar. 2018 City officials often use tax abatements and other foregone tax revenue to induce developers to create or preserve affordable housing units. J. David Goodman, New York Times, "De Blasio Bolsters Affordable Housing, but at What Price?," 4 Mar. 2018

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1575, in the meaning defined above

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