tax base


Definition of tax base

: the wealth (such as real estate or income) within a jurisdiction that is liable to taxation

Examples of tax base in a Sentence

an area with a large tax base
Recent Examples on the Web Prior governors installed emergency managers with broad decision-making authority that reduced staffing, and the city’s population has declined, shrinking its tax base. Michael Phillis,, 4 Nov. 2021 With manufacturing and tourism in decline, the city’s tax base was shrinking, prompting cuts to services like policing and garbage collection. New York Times, 8 June 2021 Some observers worry that cityhood for Buckhead could be devastating, removing access to revenue from a critical tax base and even deepening racial tensions. Brandon Tensley, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 The temptation for a county with a healthy tax base (read: one that’s full of rich people) will be to unilaterally build a seawall, low-income neighbors be damned. Matt Simon, Wired, 14 July 2021 But without a tax base to pay for its move, the tribe sought federal money., 27 June 2021 But without a tax base to pay for its move, the tribe sought federal money. New York Times, 27 June 2021 The peninsula has a volunteer fire department that consists of about 15-18 people, but there is no full-time search and rescue operation supported by a local tax base. al, 9 June 2021 Itta Bena has long struggled with a decreasing tax base, white flight and job loss. Leah Willingham, Star Tribune, 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of tax base

circa 1943, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tax base was circa 1943

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18 Nov 2021

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“Tax base.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tax base

: the amount of money or property that can be taxed within an area

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Legal Definition of tax base

1 : a sum (as the total assessed valuation of property in a county) used as the basis of taxation
2 : the source of tax revenue for a governmental body change the tax base of a school district to reduce the property tax burden


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