Window tax

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Window tax a tax or duty formerly levied on all windows, or openings for light, above the number of eight in houses standing in cities or towns.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Window tax till 1851 a tax in Great Britain levied on windows of houses
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. windowe—Ice. vindaugavindr, wind, auga, eye.

Usage

In literature:

Liberty ain't the window-tax, is it?
"Sketches by Boz illustrative of everyday life and every-day people" by Charles Dickens
In Col only two houses pay the window tax; for only two have six windows, which, I suppose, are the Laird's and Mr. Macsweyn's.
"A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland" by Samuel Johnson
Abolition of the tax on houses and windows.
"The Writings of Thomas Paine, Volume II" by Thomas Paine
In some parts of the house, the windows seem to have been built up; probably in the days when daylight was taxed.
"Passages From the English Notebooks, Volume 1" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The strong light and heat of the sun has the effect of a window-tax in limiting the size and number of the windows.
"Town Life in Australia" by R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
The tax on houses, windows, etc., had failed.
"Continental Monthly, Volume 5, Issue 4" by Various
He said 'No' to the property tax and 'Aye' for retaining the house and window taxes.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
For example, take the householders in London who complain so bitterly of the house and window taxes.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Vol. V (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland III" by Various
The burdensome house and window tax, amounting to over half a million annually, should be taken off.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
Window tax, its origin, 447.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
Window tax, its effects, 559.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
Abolition of the tax on houses and windows.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
As little light as possible was admitted into the house in order to save the window-tax.
"Christopher Crayon's Recollections The Life and Times of the late James Ewing Ritchie as told by himself" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Perhaps, by-and-by, a tax may be charged upon every empty window-sill.
"Household Organization" by Florence Caddy
Look at him down there, he's counting every window in the street like a tax-gatherer.
"The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. I (of II)" by Charles James Lever
Let a tax be laid of a louis per window, on every window that is provided with shutters to keep out the light of the sun.
"Benjamin Franklin" by Frank Luther Mott
Our guide suggests that there may have been a tax upon windows, accounting for their rare occurrence.
"From the Oak to the Olive" by Julia Ward Howe
The natural tendency of the window tax, and of all other taxes upon houses, is to lower rents.
"An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith
There were two storeys, and notwithstanding the very heavy tax on glass, it shone in every window, and these were of useful size.
"The Making of William Edwards" by Mrs. G. Linnaeus Banks
The squire's window-tax in 1748 amounted to L2 17s.
"The Little Gleaner, Vol. X." by Various
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In news:

West Tisbury summer residents probed town conservation projects, school window problems, and taxes and spending at a public information meeting for non-resident taxpayers on August 12.
Gary Jacobson hangs this handmade sign over the window table at a Starbucks in Norwalk where he spent the day helping deaf and hard of hearing people prepare their taxes.
A big question hanging over the US Supreme Court decision that could potentially toss health reform out the window is this: What happens to the billions of tax dollars already spent to carry out the law if parts or all of it are struck down.
Booksellers across the UK have put up signs in their windows reading 'We pay our taxes' in response to a hearing by the Public Accounts Committee on Amazon's business practices.
Premier Windows has rebates and no sales tax for you to take advantage of.
This week, WDMA expressed its opinion on behalf of the window and door industry that tax credit s for energy efficient products should be reinstated.
Ply Gem Windows Introduces Energy Efficiency Tax Credit Tool Kit .
Premier Windows has rebates and no sales tax for you to take advantage of.
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In science:

First, nearby examples of the infalling gaseous tidal tails like the Magellanic Stream offer a unique window into how much galaxy halos flavor and tax the acc retion flows that are postulated to bring fresh star-formation fuel to galaxy disks.
Galaxy evolution begins at home: GALFA, EVLA, and GASKAP
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