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 The new federal permit will help with that, as will a federal tax credit. BostonGlobe.com, "Biden administration grants Vineyard Wind its final major permit," 11 May 2021 The balance of the $3,600 will come as a tax credit next year. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "The Biden administration has started sending out stimulus checks to restaurants," 10 May 2021 One way to bring women back could be Biden’s plans to fund child care, create a national family leave program and expand the child tax credit through 2025 — the idea being that government action is needed to unlock the job market. Josh Boak, chicagotribune.com, "Weak jobs report could be a risk or opportunity for President Biden: ‘It’s clear we have a long way to go’," 7 May 2021 One way to bring women back could be Biden's plans to fund child care, create a national family leave program and expand the child tax credit through 2025 — the idea being that government action is needed to unlock the job market. Josh Boak, ajc, "Weak jobs report spurs new arguments over big fed spending," 7 May 2021 The technology received a boost in April’s federal budget, with Ottawa announcing a tax credit for capital invested in Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) projects, to cut combined emissions by at least 15 megatons of CO2 annually. Jack Graham, The Christian Science Monitor, "Alberta produces lots of emissions. Can it capture them instead?," 7 May 2021 When the Reagan tax cut reduced the top rate to 50%, gross domestic product grew. Phil Gramm And Mike Solon, WSJ, "The Biden Tax Mirage," 12 May 2021 Republicans remain opposed to rolling back portions of their 2017 tax cut while Biden has spent the weeks since his joint address to Congress making the case for raising taxes on corporations and wealthier Americans. Manu Raju, Clare Foran And Lauren Fox, CNN, "Congress faces make-or-break moment to secure bipartisan deals on key Biden priorities," 10 May 2021 Republicans’ 2017 tax cut bill capped that deduction, primarily impacting people who live in areas with high property taxes. Tal Kopan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bernie Sanders slams restoring tax deduction that benefited states like California as giveaway to 'wealthy and powerful'," 10 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb California does not tax Social Security benefits, which is good; many states do. David Rae, Forbes, "Is There A California Estate Tax?," 4 May 2021 Seven states – Alaska, Wyoming, South Dakota, Florida, Texas, Nevada and Washington – do not tax personal income. Ted O'neil, Washington Examiner, "States with the lowest tax burdens saw population growth last year," 26 Apr. 2021 The goal of a starting pitcher is to get six, seven innings and not tax the bullpen. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Matt Harvey fittingly gets the ball for the Orioles’ home opener. Their rotation hinges on him. | ANALYSIS," 8 Apr. 2021 Several other states don’t tax unemployment benefits because of existing laws or a lack of personal income tax charges. Chris Morris, Fortune, "13 states won’t allow the unemployment tax break. See if yours is one of them," 30 Mar. 2021 By historical standards, Biden’s plan to tax unrealized gains at death and levy the estate tax at the same time is quite unique. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Another Twist of the Knife: Introducing a New Death Tax," 1 May 2021 The new White House plan would now tax capital gains as income for those making over $1 million annually. NBC News, "Venture capitalists spar over Biden plan to raise their taxes," 30 Apr. 2021 That’s how much revenue Biden’s campaign plan to hike capital gains and dividend taxes for those earning more than $1 million and to tax unrealized capital gains at death would raise over ten years, according to the Tax Policy Center. Sarah Hansen, Forbes, "White House Defends Capital Gains Tax Hikes: Only 500,000 Households Will Pay More," 26 Apr. 2021 Whether to tax capital gains at the same rate as income has been a long-standing battle on Capitol Hill, with many Democrats favoring it. Tami Luhby And Katie Lobosco, CNN, "Here's how Biden wants to raise taxes on the wealthy and corporations," 23 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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14 May 2021

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“Tax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tax. Accessed 15 May. 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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