[noun sur-taks; verb sur-taks, sur-taks]
- an additional or extra tax on something already taxed.
- one of a graded series of additional taxes levied on incomes exceeding a certain amount.
- to put an additional or extra tax on; charge with a surtax.
Origin of surtax
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Examples from the Web for surtax
The Medicare surtax is collected efficiently and automatically.Obama Finds Healthcare.gov’s New Hero
October 24, 2013
The Democrats want to pay for it with a 3.5 percent surtax on dollars earned over $1 million per year.Michael Tomasky: GOP Is Set to Self-Destruct Over Payroll Tax
November 29, 2011
A surtax of 100% is placed on ready-made cotton clothing, and a surtax of 30% on colored threads.The History of Cuba, vol. 5
Willis Fletcher Johnson
Since April 1905 a surtax of 7% has been imposed on all goods of other than French origin.
This budget anticipates the extension of the surtax that Congress enacted last year.
Rich people, since the income tax, are officially those who pay the tax but not the surtax.
In addition, a surtax of five francs gold per bag (961⁄4 cents) was placed on every bag exported to pay carrying charges.All About Coffee
William H. Ukers
- a tax, usually highly progressive, levied on the amount by which a person's income exceeds a specific level
- an additional tax on something that has already been taxed
- (tr) to assess for liability to surtax; charge with an extra tax
Word Origin and History for surtax
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