surtax

[ noun sur-taks; verb sur-taks, sur-taks ]
/ noun ˈsɜrˌtæks; verb ˈsɜrˌtæks, sɜrˈtæks /

noun

an additional or extra tax on something already taxed.
one of a graded series of additional taxes levied on incomes exceeding a certain amount.

verb (used with object)

to put an additional or extra tax on; charge with a surtax.

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Origin of surtax

1880–85; sur-1 + tax; cf. supertax, French surtaxe
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British Dictionary definitions for surtax

surtax
/ (ˈsɜːˌtæks) /

noun

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

verb

(tr) to assess for liability to surtax; charge with an extra tax
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Cultural definitions for surtax

surtax

A tax added to an existing tax. To help finance the Vietnam War, for example, Congress imposed a surtax on the federal income tax.

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