- a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc.
- a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand.
- (of a government)
- to demand a tax from (a person, business, etc.).
- to demand a tax in consideration of the possession or occurrence of (income, goods, sales, etc.), usually in proportion to the value of money involved.
- to lay a burden on; make serious demands on: to tax one's resources.
- to take to task; censure; reprove; accuse: to tax one with laziness.
- Informal. to charge: What did he tax you for that?
- Archaic. to estimate or determine the amount or value of.
- to levy taxes.
Origin of tax
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- variant of taxo- before a vowel: taxeme.
ad valorem tax
- a tax levied according to the value of the property, merchandise, etc., being taxed.
Origin of ad valorem tax
Examples from the Web for tax
Have you tried to access the research that your tax dollars finance, almost all of which is kept behind a paywall?Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers
July 27, 2016
His life as a man is built around health insurance and tax services.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
Cocaine busts, tax cheats, and bribe-taking, born-again Christians: Welcome to the political scandals of 2014.2014 Was a Delectably Good Year for Sleaze
December 30, 2014
Tax evasion carries a maximum penalty of five years, and thus it seems likely that Grimm would be covered by the provision.The Felon Who Wouldn’t Leave Congress
Ben Jacobs, David Freedlander
December 23, 2014
He also promised not to raise taxes and to give a three-year tax holiday to small businesses with good reputations.Recession? Devaluation? Inflation? Putin Tells Russia Stay the Course.
December 4, 2014
Often it happened that certain farmers could not pay their tax.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
The only constitutional tax is the tax which ministers to public necessity.
But great as our tax burden is, it has not kept pace with public spending.
After the Reformation the tax was collected, but given to the bishop.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
Great was the outcry at this wastefulness, on the part of some of the tax payers.Cleveland Past and Present
- a compulsory financial contribution imposed by a government to raise revenue, levied on the income or property of persons or organizations, on the production costs or sales prices of goods and services, etc
- a heavy demand on something; straina tax on our resources
- to levy a tax on (persons, companies, etc, or their incomes, etc)
- to make heavy demands on; strainto tax one's intellect
- to accuse, charge, or blamehe was taxed with the crime
- to determine (the amount legally chargeable or allowable to a party to a legal action), as by examining the solicitor's bill of coststo tax costs
- slang to steal
Word Origin and History for tax
c.1300, "impose a tax on," from Old French taxer "impose a tax" (13c.), from Latin taxare "evaluate, estimate, assess, handle," also "censure, charge," probably a frequentative form of tangere "to touch" (see tangent). Sense of "burden, put a strain on" first recorded 1670s; that of "censure, reprove" is from 1560s. Its use in Luke ii for Greek apographein "to enter on a list, enroll" is due to Tyndale. Related: Taxed; taxing.
early 14c., "obligatory contribution levied by a sovereign or government," from Anglo-French tax, Old French taxe, and directly from Medieval Latin taxa, from Latin taxare (see tax (v.)). Related: taxes. Tax shelter is attested from 1961.