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 Piketty argued that, without aggressive taxation, the very wealthy would continue to pull further ahead of everyone else. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "The Ultra-Wealthy Who Argue That They Should Be Paying Higher Taxes," 30 Dec. 2019 Finally, about 250 years ago this country had a war fought over taxation without representation. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Please, lawmakers, fix this metro district problem; Flaws in the logic of impeachment support (12/21/19)," 23 Dec. 2019 Much of the work of establishing our space economy is prosaically earthly: Competition policy, labor rights, and corporate taxation. Tim Fernholz, Quartz at Work, "Can NASA develop a space economy that leaves capitalism’s problems behind?," 16 Dec. 2019 Million) in 2018, resulting in a profit of £850,000 ($1.1 million) before taxation. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "UK Competition Regulator Opens Preliminary Investigation Into Viagogo-StubHub Merger," 14 Dec. 2019 Norway’s 2010 minerals act was written to attract international investment with minimal taxation: half of a percent. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, "The Fight for the Reindeer," 18 Nov. 2019 Parent tax on French fries and/or onion rings is always applicable; protest will be met with further taxation. Amy Drew Thompson,, "The Boathouse docks Disney Springs on OpenTable’s Top 100 for scenery ... but we have so many!," 24 July 2019 These documents contain their names, and level of taxation. Sam Mamet, The Denver Post, "Mamet: Enhance oversight and accountability of metro districts," 20 Dec. 2019 First, the party has promised continental levels of spending without corresponding levels of taxation for the bulk of Britons. The Economist, "Labour publishes a manifesto to expand the British state," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of taxation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Jan 2020

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“Taxation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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