tax·pay·er | \ ˈtaks-ˌpā-ər \

Definition of taxpayer 

: one that pays or is liable for a tax

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The House report cost taxpayers approximately $213,800, according to legal invoices obtained by The Republic through a public records request. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Don Shooter subpoenas secret documents in the House sexual harassment investigation," 12 July 2018 Running Wisconsin’s prisons costs state taxpayers more than $1 billion a year. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "AG Brad Schimel: Democratic candidates' plans to cut prison population are 'deceiving the public'," 9 July 2018 The risk-adjustment program, which does not cost taxpayers any money and is required by law, is designed to ensure that health care coverage is available for sicker, higher-cost patients by sharing the cost of covering them. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Health care premiums could rise following Trump administration's freeze of payments to insurers," 8 July 2018 Smithberger said the next recycling contract will almost certainly cost taxpayers more. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte's recycling 'is broken.' Could your plastic, paper be headed for a landfill?," 2 July 2018 Analysts estimate the new benefit will cost state and local taxpayers more than $5 million annually. Washington Post, "Delaware government workers get 12 weeks paid family leave," 30 June 2018 Ceres would have done it for $9 million and Bergeron would have cost taxpayers only $8.5 million. Jim Defede, miamiherald, "'Millions of dollars of wasteful spending.' A look at Gov. Scott's post-Irma debris deals," 29 June 2018 While FC Cincinnati will see about $17 million from the hotel tax, the bonds will require the city to pay $1.5 million annually for the next 30 years, essentially these are loan payments that may cost taxpayers $45 million in the end. Cameron Knight,, "Organizers: Petition to put FC Cincinnati money on ballot has failed," 27 June 2018 Waguespack said, referring to Emanuel’s promise the project wouldn’t cost taxpayers any money. John Byrne,, "Emanuel calls Elon Musk's proposed 12-minute express tunnel to O'Hare 'the fast lane to Chicago's future'," 14 June 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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