tax

noun, often attributive
\ ˈtaks How to pronounce tax (audio) \

Definition of tax

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a charge usually of money imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes
b : a sum levied on members of an organization to defray expenses
2 : a heavy demand

tax

verb
taxed; taxing; taxes

Definition of tax (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to levy a tax on
2 : to make onerous and rigorous demands on the job taxed her strength
3 : charge, accuse taxed him with neglect of duty also : censure
4 : to assess or determine judicially the amount of (costs in a court action)
5 obsolete : to enter (a name) in a list there went out a decree … that all the world should be taxed — Luke 2:1 (King James Version)
variants: or taxo- or less commonly taxi-

Definition of tax- (Entry 3 of 3)

: arrangement taxeme taxidermy

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Other Words from tax

Verb

taxable \ ˈtak-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce taxable (audio) \ adjective
taxer noun

Synonyms for tax

Synonyms: Noun

assessment, duty, imposition, impost, levy

Synonyms: Verb

strain, stretch, test, try

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Examples of tax in a Sentence

Noun

The decision was made to raise taxes. He was accused of evading taxes. What was your income before taxes? What is the amount of tax to be paid? What was your income before tax?

Verb

He believes in taxing the rich to give to the poor. You are taxed according to your income. puzzles that tax your brain
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The project included more than $24 million in public and private financing and more than $10 million in federal and state historic tax credits. Thomas Jewell, cleveland.com, "After a yearlong vacancy, Shaker hires another locally-grown economic development director," 10 July 2019 Wildflower Studios has not sought a tax credit, state officials said. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "De Niro and Netflix Bet That New York Can Be a New Hollywood," 10 July 2019 That project also is in line to receive more than $100 million in federal tax credits. Hal Dardick, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts’ property tax appeal under investigation after Tribune finds assessment problem," 9 July 2019 The financing will come in the form of new market tax credits, provided through a partnership with UB Community Development, a certified community development entity of United Bancorpration of Alabama. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "SunTrust provides $3.2 million in financing for Auburn research center," 9 July 2019 The $3 million allocated for Maryland electric vehicle tax credits in fiscal year 2019, which ended Sunday, was gone by November. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland's electric vehicle rebate is so popular it ran out of money even before the fiscal year began July 1," 8 July 2019 That designation makes the project eligible for state and federal historic preservation tax credits as part of its financing. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Proposal to renovate historic West Bend Theatre for movies, events undergoing Plan Commission review," 8 July 2019 Donors would get a 50 percent refundable tax credit on donations to such centers. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Conflict of interest? Butler County lawmaker says she won't vote on bill to help her nonprofit's donors," 8 July 2019 The state, in turn, offered up to $26 million in tax credits for job creation and capital investment to DuPont on behalf of the soon-to-be-formed Corteva. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "Indy spent $30M to keep Corteva’s 1,000-plus jobs, but company cagey about the future," 7 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That the Sox managed to win eight of the games is a testament to their offense, but the bullpen was taxed by picking up the additional innings. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Alex Cora confident Red Sox ‘will play better’ in second half," 11 July 2019 What this means is that relatively low-income people who never went to college are being taxed to subsidize the careers of people who went to law school or who took other advanced degrees. The Editors, National Review, "Bernie’s Daft Debt Jubilee," 25 June 2019 The public finance literature has long taken the view that taxing the assets wealth of the wealthy—as opposed to their income or spending— is inefficient. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Economists don’t agree on much, but what they do agree on is being ignored," 25 June 2019 While some companies including Rheem Manufacturing Co. support the duties, most are arguing that Trump shouldn’t tax their products. Mark Niquette, Fortune, "Even Longtime Tariff Backers Say Trump Is Pushing Them Too Far," 17 June 2019 California has not conformed to the federal law, so profits on both investments are taxed as usual by the state. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "Tax questions answered, Opportunity Zone fund rush begins," 14 June 2019 The idea is that menstrual hygiene products, like prescription drugs and food items, are necessities and therefore should not be taxed. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle would consider exempting tampons from sales tax under City Council proposal," 30 Oct. 2018 The unprecedented surge of migrant families has left U.S. immigration detention centers severely overcrowded and taxed the government’s ability to provide medical care and other attention. Steve Leblanc, Twin Cities, "Wayfair workers walk out in protest over furniture sale to detention center," 26 June 2019 The unprecedented surge of migrant families has left U.S. immigration detention centers severely overcrowded and taxed the government’s ability to provide medical care and other attention. Washington Post, "Wayfair workers protest furniture sale to detention center," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of tax

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for tax

Verb

Middle English, to estimate, assess, tax, from Anglo-French taxer, from Medieval Latin taxare, from Latin, to feel, estimate, censure, frequentative of tangere to touch — more at tangent entry 2

Combining form

Greek taxi-, from taxis

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tax

noun

Financial Definition of tax

What It Is

Taxes are required payments from citizens to governments. The payments fund projects and expenditures that serve the public interest.

How It Works

Most taxes are legislated, meaning that representatives elected by the citizens of a country or region determine what activities to tax, how much to tax, when to collect those taxes, and how to administer the proceeds. Individuals, businesses, and other entities subject to the tax must remit the tax or face enforcement action.

Why It Matters

Taxes are a topic of fierce debate in economics, politics, public policy and investing. For example, one of the most controversial taxes in the United States is the federal income tax. In the U.S., we have a progressive tax, meaning that a person's tax rate rises as income rises.

Economically speaking, one of the biggest effects of taxation is the impact it has on consumption. Generally, consumers will consume less when taxes rise and consume more when taxes fall.

In the investing world, taxes are also a major consideration. Some transactions trigger tax liabilities while others do not. The timing of buying and selling certain investments may trigger different tax liabilities. Ultimately, taxes reduce returns, and wise investors will consider their effects in all of their financial decisions.

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tax

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tax

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an amount of money that a government requires people to pay according to their income, the value of their property, etc., and that is used to pay for the things done by the government

tax

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tax (Entry 2 of 2)

: to require (someone) to pay a tax
: to require someone to pay a tax on (something)
: to require a lot from (something or someone) : to put demands on (something or someone)

tax

noun
\ ˈtaks How to pronounce tax (audio) \

Kids Definition of tax

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: money collected by the government from people or businesses for public use

tax

verb
taxed; taxing

Kids Definition of tax (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to require to pay money to a government for public use
2 : to cause a strain on Fighting to survive the storm taxed their strength.

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Legal Definition of tax

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to assess or determine judicially the amount of (costs of an action in court)
2 : to levy a tax on tax the corporation tax capital gains

Other Words from tax

taxer noun

tax

noun, often attributive

Legal Definition of tax (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a charge usually of money imposed by legislative or other public authority upon persons or property for public purposes
2 : a sum levied on members of an organization to defray expenses

History and Etymology for tax

Transitive verb

Medieval Latin taxare to assess for taxation, tax, from Latin, to assess, value, fix

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