tax·​a·​tion | \ tak-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce taxation (audio) \

Definition of taxation

1 : the action of taxing especially : the imposition of taxes
2 : revenue obtained from taxes
3 : the amount assessed as a tax

Examples of taxation in a Sentence

the federal right of taxation

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Most progressive ideas tend to be either cheap, but therefore small-bore and a little weird, or bold and clear but expensive, in a country that remains averse to taxation. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Top House Democrats join Elizabeth Warren’s push to fundamentally change American capitalism," 14 Dec. 2018 With external sources of aid uncertain and debt increasing to crisis levels, Jordan turned to domestic taxation as an essential source of revenue. Curtis R. Ryan, Washington Post, "Why Jordanians are protesting," 4 June 2018 Reform will broaden the federal tax base, subjecting more personal income to taxation, by eliminating various deductions and exemptions. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "5 myths and misconceptions about new income-tax rules," 3 June 2018 Any revenue the casinos make over and above this baseline would not be subjected to taxation. Julia O'donoghue,, "Louisiana riverboat gambling changes advance in Legislature," 20 Mar. 2018 Consider tobacco: Increasing the price of cigarettes through taxation was one of the biggest contributors to driving down the smoking rates. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Coca-Cola and Pepsi’s deceptive tactic to stop soda taxes worked in Washington state," 7 Nov. 2018 That's possible under social democracy through taxation or universal basic income. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Meet Ash Sarkar, the Communist Who Called Piers Morgan an "Idiot"," 15 July 2018 That report found Washington taxation hardest on the poor, with Seattle the worst offender. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "Washington’s paradox: Progressive politics but regressive tax system," 23 Oct. 2018 But at the same time, there’s another bit of the equation, which is the government takes money from the companies in the form of taxation, corporate taxes and payroll taxes. Eric Johnson, Recode, "We have to rewrite antitrust law to deal with tech monopolies, says ‘Positive Populism’ author Steve Hilton," 24 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of taxation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of taxation

: the action, process, or system of taxing people or things


tax·​a·​tion | \ tak-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce taxation (audio) \

Kids Definition of taxation

1 : the action of taxing
2 : money gotten from taxes



Legal Definition of taxation

1 : the action of taxing: as
a : the imposition of taxes
b : the judicial determination of costs
2a : revenue obtained from taxes
b : the amount assessed as a tax
3 : a particular system of taxing progressive taxation

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