tax·a·tion | \tak-ˈsā-shən \

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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The law contains no mechanism for the taxation or sale of marijuana, although the Legislature is expected to develop such a system. CBS News, "Recreational marijuana now legal in Vermont as new law takes effect," 2 July 2018 The Wayfair case empowers states to establish a level playing field for the taxation of goods sold by in-state and out-of-state sellers. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner,, "Online purchases may become more expensive," 28 June 2018 Chief among the dissenters was Justice Anthony Kennedy, who just a day earlier had squared off with Roberts on the other controversy of the digital age, the taxation of out-of-state online sales. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "The Supreme Court Just Put a Ding in the Surveillance State," 22 June 2018 The legislation also puts in motion measures to provide licensing and regulation for mobile sports wagering — placing bets on sporting events through phone apps — and provides guidance for legal monitoring, consumer protections and taxation. Adam Edelman, NBC News, "Cash-hungry states betting Supreme Court will legalize sports gambling," 12 Feb. 2018 The law contains no mechanism for the taxation or sale of marijuana, although the Legislature is expected to develop such a system. Wilson Ring, The Seattle Times, "Vermont governor with ‘mixed emotions’ signs marijuana bill," 22 Jan. 2018 In an accompanying editorial Governor Greg Abbott writes: Innovation and self-reliance are deeply rooted in the Lone Star State, and when freed from the stranglehold of over taxation and overregulation, new ideas flourish. Francisca Ortega, Houston Chronicle, "CNBC ranks Texas No. 1 for business, but offers residents a few warnings," 11 July 2018 Amy Demboski called up Perman and Kubitz to ask questions about land use and taxation. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Tie votes, then a show of magnanimity: Ira Perman picked as interim West Anchorage Assemblyman," 11 July 2018 Business and economic activity are also strained as depopulation leads to lower economic growth, savings, investment, consumption, labor markets, pensions, taxation and intergenerational transfers. Phillip Molnar,, "Does the lowest U.S. birth rate in three decades pose a risk to the economy?," 1 June 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 \

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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