- a tax levied on cigarettes, liquor, gambling, or other things considered neither luxuries nor necessities.
Origin of sin tax
First recorded in 1970–75
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You may try high-tax and low-tax but all the time you will have sin-tax and more sin than tax.
- informal a tax levied on something that is considered morally or medically harmful, such as alcohol or tobacco
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