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
Recent Examples on the Web Godfroy began his legal fight against taxation in the late 1800s. Binghui Huang, The Indianapolis Star, 25 May 2022 In the decades after World War 2, the share of income enjoyed by the top 10% tumbled as progressive taxation redistributed money. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 7 Dec. 2021 In modern times, the calamity from which the trust is typically kept safe is taxation. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 6 Oct. 2021 This is double taxation atop corporate taxes, and capital gains are not adjusted for inflation. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 23 May 2021 All the state has ever meant to me is unjust taxation. Kyle Smith, National Review, 10 Apr. 2021 Governments have laws and armies and taxation to back their cause. Telis Demos, WSJ, 12 May 2022 The truth is most cannabis businesses in California are actually losing money right now, and a big part of that is taxation. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2022 In its April 2022 Fiscal Monitor, the IMF dedicated a considerable number of pages to carbon pricing and taxation, calling it one of the most important areas in international tax coordination and a requirement for fighting climate change. Nana Ama Sarfo, Forbes, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of taxation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Taxation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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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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