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[noun sur-taks; verb sur-taks, sur-taks]
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  1. an additional or extra tax on something already taxed.
  2. one of a graded series of additional taxes levied on incomes exceeding a certain amount.
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verb (used with object)
  1. 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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Related Words for surtax

expense, tax, payment, surtax, price, cost, overcharge, overload, extra, duty, levy, fee, weight, custom, charge, toll, tribute, assessment

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British Dictionary definitions for surtax


  1. a tax, usually highly progressive, levied on the amount by which a person's income exceeds a specific level
  2. an additional tax on something that has already been taxed
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  1. (tr) to assess for liability to surtax; charge with an extra tax
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Word Origin and History for surtax


"extra tax," 1881, from French surtaxe, from Old French sur- "over" (see sur-) + taxe "tax" (see tax (n.)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

surtax in Culture


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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