tax·pay·er | \ˈtaks-ˌpā-ər \

Definition of taxpayer 

: one that pays or is liable for a tax

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That's especially important because the Bucks retain all revenue generated in the arena as part of the deal tied to $250 million in taxpayer support. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Laughing Taco, FreshFin Poke, Iron Grate BBQ and Palermo's-inspired pizza coming to Bucks arena," 12 July 2018 Kavanaugh also represented former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s effort to use taxpayer dollars for a voucher program to send children to private schools. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has worked on high-profile South Florida cases," 10 July 2018 The program is not funded by taxpayer dollars but instead relies on manufacturers to provide discounts to safety-net providers. Bradford R. Lang, STAT, "An insider’s view of the myths and misconceptions behind 340B ‘reform’," 19 June 2018 In years past, the NFL would use a Super Bowl as a carrot to lure taxpayer support for a new stadium or major renovation. Jeff Duncan,, "Landing 2024 Super Bowl is first step in a series of big ones for New Orleans sports," 26 May 2018 Charlotte plans to build a 1,000-room hotel uptown, a blockbuster project that could attract more large events but would also need taxpayer support. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte to build 1,000-room hotel, city's biggest by far. Here are the details. | Charlotte Observer," 14 May 2018 Business Oregon, the state's economic development agency, signed off on the tax credits despite red flags that the project included ineligible costs and had failed in the past despite taxpayer support, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported in March. Hillary Borrud,, "Oregon could claw back $1 million tax credit from failed sawmill," 11 May 2018 Thayer said no taxpayer money was spent on the trips, which were approved in advance by Senate President Robert Stivers and met all legal requirements of the legislature's ethics commission. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "A GOP group influential in Kentucky is funded by tobacco and casinos," 13 July 2018 Over the past decade, by far the largest recipients of taxpayer money have been Southwest Key and Baptist Child & Family Services, AP's analysis shows. Martha Mendoza And Larry Fenn, Detroit Free Press, "Detaining immigrant kids is now a billion-dollar industry, research shows," 12 July 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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