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Definition of Tax


  1. A charge, especially a pecuniary burden which is imposed by authority.
  2. A charge or burden laid upon persons or property for the support of a government.
  3. Especially, the sum laid upon specific things, as upon polls, lands, houses, income, etc.; as, a land tax; a window tax; a tax on carriages, and the like.
  4. A sum imposed or levied upon the members of a society to defray its expenses.
  5. A task exacted from one who is under control; a contribution or service, the rendering of which is imposed upon a subject.
  6. A disagreeable or burdensome duty or charge; as, a heavy tax on time or health.
  7. Charge; censure.
  8. A lesson to be learned; a task.
  9. To subject to the payment of a tax or taxes; to impose a tax upon; to lay a burden upon; especially, to exact money from for the support of government.
  10. To assess, fix, or determine judicially, the amount of; as, to tax the cost of an action in court.
  11. To charge; to accuse; also, to censure; -- often followed by with, rarely by of before an indirect object; as, to tax a man with pride.

Tax Quotations

The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.
Arthur C. Clarke

The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.
Albert Einstein

The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison wall.
Denis Healey

There should not be one new dime in tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires as long as millions of children in America are poor, hungry, uneducated and without health coverage.
Marian Wright Edelman

We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
Winston Churchill
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Tax Translations

tax in Danish is skat
tax in Dutch is belasten, aanslaan
tax in Italian is tassa, daziare, erariale
tax in Norwegian is skatt
tax in Portuguese is imposto
tax in Spanish is acensuar, impuesto
tax in Swedish is beskatta, skatt
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