tax

noun, often attributive
\ ˈtaks How to pronounce tax (audio) \

Definition of tax

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a charge usually of money imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes
b : a sum levied on members of an organization to defray expenses
2 : a heavy demand

tax

verb
taxed; taxing; taxes

Definition of tax (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to levy a tax on
2 : to make onerous and rigorous demands on the job taxed her strength
3 : charge, accuse taxed him with neglect of duty also : censure
4 : to assess or determine judicially the amount of (costs in a court action)
5 obsolete : to enter (a name) in a list there went out a decree … that all the world should be taxed — Luke 2:1 (King James Version)
variants: or taxo- or less commonly taxi-

Definition of tax- (Entry 3 of 3)

: arrangement taxeme taxidermy

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Other Words from tax

Verb

taxable \ ˈtak-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce tax- (audio) \ adjective
taxer noun

Synonyms for tax

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of tax in a Sentence

Noun The decision was made to raise taxes. He was accused of evading taxes. What was your income before taxes? What is the amount of tax to be paid? What was your income before tax? Verb He believes in taxing the rich to give to the poor. You are taxed according to your income. puzzles that tax your brain
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Education opportunity accounts provide a tax credit to people who donate to third-party groups that then give money to families for education expenses and, in Kentucky's largest counties, private school tuition. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, 5 June 2021 This is on top of regular jobless benefits, plus new or extended cash payments such as the $3,000 per child tax credit, additional ObamaCare subsidies, and the $1,400 checks to individuals. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 4 June 2021 For one, the existing tax-credit program has serious problems. Brad Polumbo, National Review, 4 June 2021 Starting in July, the government will mail up to $300 a month per child to all but the most affluent families in a yearlong expansion of the child tax credit that Democrats want to make permanent. Jason Deparle New York Times, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 To that end, the Carbon Capture Coalition has been pushing a number of different legislative initiatives, including an extension of – and adjustments to – a tax credit for companies to recoup spending on carbon capture. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 June 2021 As such, the CHIPS Act investment tax credit seems a no-brainer. Roslyn Layton, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Meanwhile, $53,190 will get you a new plug-in-hybrid Wrangler Rubicon 4xe, which also makes 470 pound-feet of torque and is eligible for a $7500 federal tax credit. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 28 May 2021 Another chunk — $25 million — is for the Working Families Income Supplement, a tax credit for working residents with low to moderate incomes. Washington Post, 27 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The first part lets countries tax a share of the profits earned by companies that have no physical presence but have substantial sales, for instance through selling digital advertising. al, 6 June 2021 The first part lets countries tax a share of the profits earned by companies that have no physical presence but have substantial sales, for instance through selling digital advertising. Kelvin Chan And David Mchugh, chicagotribune.com, 5 June 2021 The first part lets countries tax a share of the profits earned by companies that have no physical presence but have substantial sales, for instance through selling digital advertising. Kelvin Chan And David Mchugh, USA TODAY, 5 June 2021 That turnaround is partly the product of strong income tax receipts, particularly in states that heavily tax high earners and the wealthy, whose finances have fared well in the crisis. New York Times, 25 May 2021 In addition, while Biden would tax unrealized gains at death, the White House has not followed through on his campaign pledge to toughen the estate tax. Howard Gleckman, Forbes, 21 May 2021 These figures were part of a transatlantic conversation between Britain and its North American colonies that emerged from the French and Indian War, a debate whose participants grappled with whether and how Parliament could tax the colonies. Washington Post, 14 May 2021 Senate Bill 888 would legalize and tax the sale of cannabis products to adults. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, 3 May 2021 Congress’ solution has been to tax capital gains only when they are realized – that is, when the asset is sold. Stephanie Leiser, The Conversation, 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of tax

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for tax

Verb

Middle English, to estimate, assess, tax, from Anglo-French taxer, from Medieval Latin taxare, from Latin, to feel, estimate, censure, frequentative of tangere to touch — more at tangent entry 2

Combining form

Greek taxi-, from taxis

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The first known use of tax was in the 14th century

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“Tax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tax. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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tax

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tax

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an amount of money that a government requires people to pay according to their income, the value of their property, etc., and that is used to pay for the things done by the government

tax

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tax (Entry 2 of 2)

: to require (someone) to pay a tax
: to require someone to pay a tax on (something)
: to require a lot from (something or someone) : to put demands on (something or someone)

tax

noun
\ ˈtaks How to pronounce tax (audio) \

Kids Definition of tax

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: money collected by the government from people or businesses for public use

tax

verb
taxed; taxing

Kids Definition of tax (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to require to pay money to a government for public use
2 : to cause a strain on Fighting to survive the storm taxed their strength.

Legal Definition of tax

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to assess or determine judicially the amount of (costs of an action in court)
2 : to levy a tax on tax the corporation tax capital gains

Other Words from tax

taxer noun

tax

noun, often attributive

Legal Definition of tax (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a charge usually of money imposed by legislative or other public authority upon persons or property for public purposes
2 : a sum levied on members of an organization to defray expenses

History and Etymology for tax

Transitive verb

Medieval Latin taxare to assess for taxation, tax, from Latin, to assess, value, fix

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