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 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 Tax fight: In 1858, taking a cue from the founders, Stone took on the issue of taxation without representation. Felice Belman,, "From Massachusetts, a key player in suffrage fight," 15 Aug. 2019 Why has Europe largely abandoned this kind of taxation? The Editorial Board, WSJ, "An Open Letter to Patriotic Billionaires," 26 June 2019 George Will claims that the U.S. Constitution forbids direct taxation … nonsense. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: St. Paul, the most livable city in America*," 5 Dec. 2019 When firms produce bads, the solution is regulation or taxation, not breakups or more competition. Carl Shapiro, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Why breaking up Facebook would likely backfire," 19 Sep. 2019 There are many different European systems of taxation, of health care, of regulation, of providing welfare benefits. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Lessons from Europe, or ‘Europe’," 8 Dec. 2019 Corporate taxation has been a contentious issue for a long time, with some profitable Fortune 500s paying no taxes in multiple years, again all on the legal level. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "A New Report Claims Big Tech Companies Used Legal Loopholes to Avoid Over $100 Billion in Taxes. What Does That Mean for the Industry’s Future?," 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of taxation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Jan 2020

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“Taxation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 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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