a sum of money demanded by a government; levy; lay a burden on; strain, stretch

Not to be confused tax attorney with:

tacks – short, sharp nails with broad, flat heads; fastens; zigzags

Abused, Confused, & Misused Words by Mary Embree Copyright © 2007, 2013 by Mary Embreetax  (tăks)

1. A contribution for the support of a government required of persons, groups, or businesses within the domain of that government.

2. A fee or dues levied on the members of an organization to meet its expenses.

3. A burdensome or excessive demand; a strain.

tr.v. taxed, tax·ing, tax·es

1. To place a tax on (income, property, or goods).

2. To exact a tax from: taxed the people.

3. Law To assess (court costs, for example).

4. To make difficult or excessive demands upon: a boss who taxed everyone’s patience.

a. To accuse; confront: taxed him with ingratitude.

b. To hold accountable: The contractor was taxed with the mistake of the subcontractor.

[Middle English, from taxen, to tax, from Old French taxer, from Medieval Latin taxāre, from Latin, to touch, reproach, reckon, frequentative of tangere, to touch; see tag- in Indo-European roots.]

tax′a·ble (tăk′sə-bəl) adj.

tax′a·bly adv.

American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.tax (tæks)

1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) 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

2. a heavy demand on something; strain: a tax on our resources.

tiga. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to levy a tax on (persons, companies, etc, or their incomes, etc)

4. to make heavy demands on; strain: to tax one’s intellect.

5. to accuse, charge, or blame: he was taxed with the crime.

6. (Law) to determine (the tax lawyer amount legally chargeable or allowable to a party to a sah action), as by examining the solicitor’s bill of costs: to tax costs.

7. slang to steal

[C13: from Old French taxer, from Latin taxāre to appraise, from tangere to touch]

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014tax(tæks)

1. a sum of money levied on incomes, property, sales, etc., by a government for its support or for specific services.

dua. a burdensome charge, obligation, or demand.v.t.

a. to impose a tax on (a person or business).

b. to levy a tax on (income, goods, etc.), usu. in proportion to the value of money involved.

4. to make serious demands on or of; burden; strain:to tax one’s resources.

5. to reprove or accuse; censure or charge:to tax a person with laziness.

6. Archaic. to estimate or determine the value of.

[1250–1300; (v.) Middle English < Latin taxāre to handle]

Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.taxexcise – As in tax, it is from Middle Dutch excijs, from Latin accensum, “to tax.” tax – From Latin taxare, “censure, charge, or compute.” toll – Traces back to Greek telos, “tax.” disposable income, surplus income – Disposable income or surplus income is what you have left after taxes and other government obligations—i.e. what you have left to live on.

Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.taxPast participle: taxedGerund: taxing

Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:Noun1. tax – charge against a citizen’s person or property or activity for the support of government

withholding – the act of deducting from an employee’s salary

imposition, infliction – the act of imposing something (as a tax or an embargo)

accumulator, collector, gatherer – a person who is employed to collect payments (as for rent or taxes)

net estate – the estate remaining after debts and funeral expenses and administrative expenses have been deducted from the gross estate; the estate then left to be distributed (and subject to federal and state inheritance taxes)

disposable income – income (after taxes) that is available to you for saving or spending

unearned income, unearned revenue – personal income that you did not earn (e.g., dividends or interest or rent income)

deductible – (taxes) an amount that can be deducted (especially for the purposes of calculating income tax)

budget items, operating cost, operating expense, overhead – the expense of maintaining property (e.g., paying property taxes and utilities and insurance); it does not include depreciation or the cost of financing or income taxes

levy – a charge imposed and collected

single tax – a system of taxation in which a tax is levied on a single commodity (usually land)

income tax – a personal tax levied on annual income

capital gains tax – a tax on capital gains; “he avoided the capital gains tax by short selling”

capital levy – a tax on capital or property

departure tax – a tax that is levied when you are departing a country by land or sea or air

franchise tax – a tax that is imposed by states on corporations; it depends both on the net worth of the corporation and on its net income attributable to activities within the state

gift tax – a tax imposed on transfers of property by gift during the lifetime of the giver

direct tax – a tax paid directly by the person or organization on whom it is levied

indirect tax – a tax levied on goods or services rather than on persons or organizations

hidden tax – a tax paid unwittingly by the consumer (such as ad valorem taxes)

capitation – a tax levied on the basis of a fixed amount per person

graduated tax, progressive tax – any tax in which the rate increases as the amount subject to taxation increases

proportional tax – any tax in which the rate is constant as the amount subject to taxation increases

degressive tax – any tax in which the rate decreases as the amount subject to taxation increases

rates – a local tax on property (usually used in the plural)

stamp duty, stamp tax – a tax collected by requiring a stamp to be purchased and attached (usually on documents or publications)

pavage – a tax toward paving streets

transfer tax – any tax levied on the passing of title to property

special assessment – an additional tax levied on private property for public improvements that enhance the value of the property

charge – financial liabilities (such as a tax); “the charges against the estate”

deductible – acceptable as a deduction (especially as a tax deduction)

progressive – (of taxes) adjusted so that the rate increases as the amount of income increases

regressive – (of taxes) adjusted so that the rate decreases as the amount of income increasesVerb1. tax – levy a tax on; “The State taxes alcohol heavily”; “Clothing is not taxed in our state”

levy, impose – impose and collect; “levy a fine”

tariff – charge a tariff; “tariff imported goods”

surtax – levy an extra tax on; “surtax luxury items that cost more than $1,000”

overtax – tax excessively; “Don’t overtax my constituents!” dua. tax – set or determine the amount of (a payment such as a fine)

set, determine – fix conclusively or authoritatively; “set the rules”

assess – charge (a person or a property) with a payment, such as a tax or a fine3. tax – use to the limit; “you are taxing my patience”

strain, extend – use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity; “He really extended himself when he climbed Kilimanjaro”; “Don’t strain your mind too much”4. tax – make a charge against or accuse; “They taxed him failure to appear in court”

charge – make an accusatory claim; “The defense attorney charged that the jurors were biased”

Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.tax

1. charge, rate, duty, toll, levy, tariff, excise, contribution, assessment, customs, tribute, imposition, tithe, impost a cut in tax on new cars