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head tax

a uniform tax or surcharge imposed upon every person or every adult in a specific group, as on those entering or leaving a country or using a particular service or conveyance. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In addition, every male over 10 years of age was liable to a head tax of 6s.

  • The Bill, as amended, left the head tax at $2, and the reading test was omitted.

    Aliens or Americans? Howard B. Grose
  • There is now a head tax of eight dollars levied upon every immigrant who is admitted.

    Government in the United States

    James Wilford Garner
  • At the moment they're slugging it out to see which one gets to levy a head tax on the juke boxes in this section.

  • Also, they are foreigners who have paid no head tax when coming into the country, because they are seamen.

    Cappy Ricks Retires Peter B. Kyne
  • An immigrant in the statistical sense is a person liable for and paying the head tax.

    On the Trail of The Immigrant Edward A. Steiner
  • In the popular or theoretical meaning of immigrant this head tax is not an element.

    On the Trail of The Immigrant Edward A. Steiner
  • It increased the head tax to four dollars and provided rigid scrutiny over the transportation companies.

    Our Foreigners Samuel P. Orth
  • The German Government, I ought to explain, exact 129what is called a head tax of six shillings a year from each native.

  • The levying of the head tax so as to make a marked discrimination in favor of men with families.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson

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