sin tax


Definition of sin tax

: a tax on substances or activities considered sinful or harmful (such as tobacco, alcohol, or gambling)

Examples of sin tax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tax on executive salaries above $1 million was envisioned as a sort of sin tax. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 15 Mar. 2021 And a plastic tax is a sort of sin tax, only on a global scale. Matt Simon, Wired, 4 Aug. 2020 But sin tax revenues have dropped in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, Franz said. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 4 Aug. 2020 Because those results and thorough analyses aren’t immediate, the slow drip of research findings can often get buried in the intense debate around sin taxes. Chase Purdy, Quartz, 26 Feb. 2020 The idea that people should pay for the consequences of their personal choices — sin taxes, basically — has some intuitive appeal. Austin Frakt, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2020 The logic behind a sin tax boils down to simple economics. Chase Purdy, Quartz, 26 Feb. 2020 Although the Johnson campaign cites a dissenting study, on the whole there is good evidence that sin taxes change people’s behaviour. The Economist, 4 July 2019 Colorado wants a piece of the sin tax from Proposition DD because nobody ever went broke by banking dollars spent on our little vices. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, 2 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of sin tax

1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Sin tax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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