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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Fraudsters also created websites mimicking unemployment benefit websites used to steal taxpayer information. Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes, 23 Mar. 2023 In September 2020 — weeks after San Diego taxpayer John Gordon sued the city, Cisterra and CGA Capital over the lease — Elliott filed her own lawsuit against the landlord and its lender. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Mar. 2023 Fact check: Posts wrongly tie Silicon Valley Bank and Lehman Brothers end to Joseph Gentile Any taxpayer connection to the FDIC payments is indirect, experts say. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 20 Mar. 2023 And dairy is just unnaturally cheap to begin with, because taxpayer dollars have been propping up the industry in various ways for more than 70 years. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 17 Mar. 2023 And that was a huge motivator for hospitals and health systems to the tune of about $35 billion in taxpayer money going into this project. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 17 Mar. 2023 President Joe Biden has insisted that no taxpayer money will be used to resolve the crisis. Christopher Rugaber, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Mar. 2023 Some critics argue that taxpayer money shouldn’t go to such schools. Jeffrey Schweers, Orlando Sentinel, 17 Mar. 2023 Semiconductor manufacturing is among Oregon’s largest industries but taxpayer advocates and industry supporters are divided over whether additional legislation should offer tax credits for research and hiring. Mike Rogoway |, oregonlive, 16 Mar. 2023 See More

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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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“Taxpayer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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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