tax·​pay·​er | \ ˈtaks-ˌpā-ər How to pronounce taxpayer (audio) \

Definition of taxpayer

: one that pays or is liable for a tax

Examples of taxpayer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, American taxpayer dollars and federal court resources are being wasted and Merlys is stuck living in fear and uncertainty. Andrew Tisch, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 And a fan base that responded to your success last season by filling your arena, the one renovated in part with taxpayer dollars? Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 6 Oct. 2021 In 2020 alone, the park received $670,000 in taxpayer dollars. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 For example, Lown notes, research is often funded with taxpayer dollars, and isn’t targeted to community needs. Julie Washington, cleveland, 4 Oct. 2021 Some critics say that while city leaders spend big taxpayer dollars on homeless housing, City Hall policies may be contributing to homelessness. Dan Springer, Fox News, 4 Oct. 2021 The Alpharetta City Council unanimously voted in December 2019 to stop using taxpayer dollars to host the parade because of the lawsuit. Ben Brasch, ajc, 1 Oct. 2021 Olson says taxpayer dollars could be distributed to ensure minimum coverage for funeral expenses, too. Eleanor Cummins, Wired, 1 Oct. 2021 At the end of every fiscal year, federal agencies waste billions of taxpayer dollars spending the last of what they’ve been given by Congress. Adam Andrzejewski, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of taxpayer

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 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of taxpayer

: a person who pays taxes


tax·​pay·​er | \ ˈtaks-ˌpā-ər How to pronounce taxpayer (audio) \

Kids Definition of taxpayer

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



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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