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  1. a person who pays a tax or is subject to taxation.
  2. a temporary building that yields rent sufficient only to pay the taxes on the property on which it stands.
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Origin of taxpayer

First recorded in 1810–20; tax + payer
Related formstax·pay·ing, noun
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  1. a person or organization that pays taxes or is liable to taxation
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Derived Formstaxpaying, adjective
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Word Origin and History for taxpayer


1816, from tax (n.) + payer.

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