tax break

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of tax break

:a lower tax rate than other people have
  • People with small children are being given a tax break.

Word by Word Definitions

tax play
  1. : a charge usually of money imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes

  2. : a sum levied on members of an organization to defray expenses

  3. : a heavy demand

  1. : to levy a tax on

  2. : to make onerous and rigorous demands on

  3. : charge, accuse

  1. : arrangement

break play
  1. : to separate into parts with suddenness or violence

  2. : fracture

  3. to fracture a bone of (a bodily part)

  1. : an act or action of breaking

  2. : the opening shot in a game of pool or billiards

  3. : a gap or opening caused or appearing as if caused by damage : a condition produced by or as if by breaking : gap


Financial Definition of TAX BREAK

tax break

What It Is

A tax break is a tax deduction, tax credit or reduction in tax rate.

How It Works

For example, let's say John and his wife had a baby in 2011. When John files his tax return for the year 2011, he will qualify for a $1,000 child tax credit, which lowers his tax bill by $1,000. In other words, John and his wife get a tax break for having a baby.

There are hundreds of different kinds of tax breaks available to individuals and companies, though these tax breaks are usually only available under certain circumstances. Many tax breaks are not available to taxpayers with high incomes.

Why It Matters

Tax breaks lower tax bills, which is why taxpayers and tax advisors spend considerable amounts of time determining which deductions and credits they qualify for each year. Governments often implement tax breaks as a way to encourage certain behavior or investment in certain industries or programs.


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