tax·​pay·​er | \ˈtaks-ˌpā-ər \

Definition of taxpayer 

: one that pays or is liable for a tax

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Government records obtained by Quartz show that the First Lady's hotel bill totaled approximately $174,000 of taxpayer money. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Melania Trump's One-Day Toronto Trip Cost $174,000 In Hotel Bills," 16 Nov. 2018 Trump has consistently promised to rebuild much of America’s crumbling roads, bridges, and airports, but would rather not use much taxpayer money to do so. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump doesn’t want to punish Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi. His new sanctions prove it.," 15 Nov. 2018 This is taxpayer money that has been used to militarize our border at a great cost for a once dynamic border communities and immigrants, human rights. Fox News, "Ken Starr: Impeachment is hell," 11 Sep. 2018 About two-thirds of the taxpayer money came from a federal transportation grant, while the rest came from the city. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "This city has a vision for mass transit that doesn’t involve city buses," 31 Aug. 2018 Professor Anderson says poll closures might seem like a routine practice that is saving taxpayers money, but closures can have a big effect on minority voters. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Voter Suppression in the 2018 Midterms," 29 Oct. 2018 Stacey Abrams and her radical friends Bernie Sanders and Nancy Pelosi want to force their extreme agenda on Georgia families and taxpayers...Radical liberals will turnout in record numbers. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Dear Georgia Republicans, Leave 'Friends' Alone," 23 Oct. 2018 Today, more than one-third of Senate Democrats and two-thirds of House Democrats have signed onto the proposal, which by one estimate could cost taxpayers as much as $32 trillion. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "James Comey warns Democrats against socialism: 'Please, please don't lose your minds'," 2 Oct. 2018 Thousands of people have signed a petition urging the royal family to cover the costs of security for Princess Eugenie's wedding next month, instead of having taxpayers foot the bill. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "People Want Royals, Not Taxpayers, to Cover the $2.5 Million Security Bill for Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of taxpayer

1797, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of taxpayer

What It Is

A taxpayer is a person or organization that must pay taxes to a federal, state, or local agency.

How It Works

For example, let's assume that Jane is an employee of Company XYZ. She earns $150,000 per year.

In addition to paying federal income taxes, unemployment taxes, Social Security taxes, and Medicare taxes, Jane will likely owe state and local income taxes, all of which will be withheld from her paycheck. When she receives her after-tax paycheck, she might spend it on gas for her car, groceries, clothes and utilities, all of which trigger more tax payments (in the form of sales, excise, gas and other taxes).

Why It Matters

Virtually every human being in America is a taxpayer at some point, even if he or she does not file an IRS Form 1040 or pay federal income taxes. People pay taxes when they pay their phone bills, buy airline tickets, use toll roads, buy gasoline, rent hotel rooms, get a fishing license or engage in other everyday activities. Children even pay sales taxes when they buy candy with allowance money.

It is important to note that for tax purposes, business entities are also taxpayers, which means their revenues and expenditures are subject to taxation.

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English Language Learners Definition of taxpayer

: a person who pays taxes


tax·​pay·​er | \ˈtaks-ˌpā-ər \

Kids Definition of taxpayer

: a person who pays or is responsible for paying a tax

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Legal Definition of taxpayer 

: a person (as an individual or corporation) that pays or is liable for a tax

Other Words from taxpayer

taxpaying adjective

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