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progressive tax

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A tax that takes a higher proportion of large incomes than of small ones. (Compare regressive tax.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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  • But the idea of a progressive tax was ingrafted into the law.

  • The precise method of taxation available here is a progressive tax on incomes and inheritances.

    Distributive Justice

    John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
  • By a progressive tax is meant one whose rate advances in some definite proportion to the increases in the amount taxed.

    Distributive Justice

    John A. (John Augustine) Ryan
  • Small fortunes would be exempted and those above 20,000 marks would be subject to a progressive tax.

  • Then there are the death duties, a progressive tax on property passing at death, which yield one tenth of the revenue.

  • During the palmiest days of Greece—the days of Solon and Lycurgus—a progressive tax was a stern reality.

    The Arena Various
  • All incomes unearned by productive work of hand or brain were subjected to a progressive tax, which reached fifty per cent.

    The Angel of the Revolution George Griffith

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