tax·​pay·​er ˈtaks-ˌpā-ər How to pronounce taxpayer (audio)
: one that pays or is liable for a tax

Examples of taxpayer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are several categories, with a declining likelihood of success, of money taxpayers can claim to have lost. Paul Kiel Eric Jason Martin Krish Seenivasan Steven Szczesniak, New York Times, 11 May 2024 The promise that Chicago taxpayers wouldn’t pay a penny was far from true. David Greising, Chicago Tribune, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for taxpayer 

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Word History

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of taxpayer was in 1797

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Cite this Entry

“Taxpayer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


tax·​pay·​er ˈtak-ˌspā-ər How to pronounce taxpayer (audio)
: one that pays or is responsible for paying a tax

Legal Definition


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

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