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withholding tax

noun
  1. that part of an employee's tax liability withheld by the employer from wages or salary and paid directly to the government.
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Origin of withholding tax

First recorded in 1940–45
Also called withhold·ing.
Related formsun·with·hold·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for withholding tax

withholding tax

noun
  1. tax deducted at source from income, esp from dividends, paid to nonresidents of a country, which may be reclaimed if a double-taxation agreement exists between the country in which the income is paid and the country of residence of the recipient
  2. US a portion of an employee's tax liability paid directly to the government by the employer
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withholding tax in Culture

withholding tax

The tax withheld (or deducted) directly from one's paycheck.

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