head tax

  1. 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.

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How to use head tax in a sentence

  • Their wish was granted in 1882 when the national government passed a federal immigration head tax.

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  • 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.

  • It increased the head tax to four dollars and provided rigid scrutiny over the transportation companies.

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  • For by a crafty stroke, he managed to obtain a position of great trust, that of head tax-gatherer of Cœlesyria and Phœnicia.

  • And the head tax-collector's widow had never heard of them before, or taken time to consider the question.

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