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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France and other European countries want a system that allocates more of Silicon Valley’s profits to their territories for taxation. Paul Hannon, WSJ, "France Presses On With Digital Tax Despite U.S. Probe," 11 July 2019 As is the case with the similar laws that other EU countries are pursuing, the idea is for the French tax to vanish once a global agreement on digital taxation finally appears. David Meyer, Fortune, "The U.S. Threatened France With China-Style Tariffs Over Its Digital Tax Plans. The French Didn’t Blink," 11 July 2019 The program will be funded by progressive taxation — in other words, by primarily taxing corporations and the rich. Tim Higginbotham And Chris Middleman, Vox, "“Medicare-for-all” means something. Don’t let moderates water it down.," 13 July 2018 This special report will look in detail at how the states are approaching business, taxation, public education, social welfare, the environment, and policies toward immigrants. The Economist, "California and Texas have different visions for America’s future," 22 June 2019 Governments in developing countries could lose their power of taxation, and perhaps their legitimacy. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "What could possibly go wrong with Facebook’s Libra?," 22 June 2019 If — and only if — an employer buys group coverage for its employees, the value of that benefit is excluded from taxation. Avik Roy, Twin Cities, "Avik Roy: Trump could revolutionize the private health insurance market," 20 June 2019 For years the Cougar Den — owned by Yakama tribal member Kip Ramsey and operated on the reservation — has battled the state Department of Licensing over taxation, with the fuel station victorious in two lower courts. Phil Ferolito, The Seattle Times, "Supreme Court to hear Yakama reservation gas-tax case," 29 Sep. 2018 The Texas Property Tax Code contains statutes regulating the assessment, taxation, exemptions, appeal options and hearing procedures for property tax appeals. Michelle Sandlin, Houston Chronicle, "On the Move: What newcomers need to know about Houston area property taxes," 15 Apr. 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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