a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc.
a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand.
(of a government)
to demand a tax from (a person, business, etc.).
to demand a tax in consideration of the possession or occurrence of (income, goods, sales, etc.), usually in proportion to the value of money involved.
to lay a burden on; make serious demands on: to tax one's resources.
to take to task; censure; reprove; accuse: to tax one with laziness.
Informal. to charge: What did he tax you for that?
Archaic. to estimate or determine the amount or value of.
to levy taxes.
- taxer, noun
- tax·ing·ly, adverb
- taxless, adjective
- tax·less·ly, adverb
- tax·less·ness, noun
- an·ti·tax, adjective
- non·tax, noun, adjective
- non·tax·er, noun
- pro·tax, adjective
- re·tax, verb (used with object)
- self-taxed, adjective
- sub·tax·er, noun
- un·der·taxed, adjective
- un·tax, verb (used with object)
- well-taxed, adjective
- tacks, tax
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How to use tax in a sentence
It also included a more complicated but extremely valuable tax break for businesses known as pass-throughs.Georgia Senator David Perdue Privately Pushed for a Tax Break for Rich Sports Teamowners | by Robert Faturechi and Justin Elliott | November 20, 2020 | ProPublica
The tax applies to companies in which the highest-paid managerial employee earns 100 times more than the median worker in San Francisco.What will San Francisco’s new “CEO tax” actually accomplish? | Dan Kopf | November 15, 2020 | Quartz
His distributor was adding the tax directly to his pharmacy’s cost for the drugs.Patients struggle to access prescription opioids after New York tax drives away suppliers | lbelanger225 | November 15, 2020 | Fortune
Through Americans for Prosperity, they got over 400 members of Congress to sign a pledge to vote against climate change legislation that does not include equivalent tax cuts.Charles Koch looks back on his political legacy: “Boy, did we screw up!” | Nicole Goodkind | November 14, 2020 | Fortune
In addition, severely disabled veterans living off of VA benefits were initially required to file a tax return to get stimulus checks.Eight reasons COVID-19 has hit veterans particularly hard | By Jamie Rowen/The Conversation | November 11, 2020 | Popular-Science
Loosies are generally bought by cigarette addicts who have trouble affording a whole pack at the taxed rate.
Money is money, but the proposition is not all that compelling once you are taxed on the income.
I am right there with them ideologically, I mean, ‘Taxed Enough Already.’
So Hatch, Burr, and Coburn would have taxed benefits starting at about 65 percent of the average cost of a plan.
This allowance worked for the state (Maria Theresa taxed their production).What to Drink When it’s Cold? The Glory of Austrian Schnaps | Jordan Salcito | January 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The amount of the taxed costs is one hundred and thirty-three, six, four, Mr. Perker.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2) | Charles Dickens
From there on Piegan set a pace that taxed our horses' mettle—that was one consolation—we were well mounted.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
The colonies claim, he said, "the privilege of all British subjects of being taxed only with their own consent."The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
The Church of England was the established church of Virginia, and the people were taxed for the parsons' salaries.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
The finances of the country are being taxed to the utmost to find the extra "palm-oil" which these mercenaries demand.
British Dictionary definitions for tax
a compulsory financial contribution imposed by a government to raise revenue, levied on the income or property of persons or organizations, on the production costs or sales prices of goods and services, etc
a heavy demand on something; strain: a tax on our resources
to levy a tax on (persons, companies, etc, or their incomes, etc)
to make heavy demands on; strain: to tax one's intellect
to accuse, charge, or blame: he was taxed with the crime
to determine (the amount legally chargeable or allowable to a party to a legal action), as by examining the solicitor's bill of costs: to tax costs
slang to steal
- taxer, noun
- taxless, adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with tax
In addition to the idiom beginning with tax
- tax with
- death and taxes
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