• the Levying of The Tax: The Taxpayer in The Scribe's Office
    the Levying of The Tax: The Taxpayer in The Scribe's Office
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tax make a charge against or accuse "They taxed him failure to appear in court"
    • v tax use to the limit "you are taxing my patience"
    • v tax levy a tax on "The State taxes alcohol heavily","Clothing is not taxed in our state"
    • v tax set or determine the amount of (a payment such as a fine)
    • n tax charge against a citizen's person or property or activity for the support of government
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Levying the Tax: The Taxpayer in The Hands of The Exactors Levying the Tax: The Taxpayer in The Hands of The Exactors
Levying the Tax: The Bastinado Levying the Tax: The Bastinado

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In ancient Egypt they paid their taxes in honey.
    • Tax A charge or burden laid upon persons or property for the support of a government.
    • Tax A charge, especially a pecuniary burden which is imposed by authority.
    • Tax A disagreeable or burdensome duty or charge; as, a heavy tax on time or health.
    • Tax A lesson to be learned; a task.
    • Tax A sum imposed or levied upon the members of a society to defray its expenses.
    • Tax A task exacted from one who is under control; a contribution or service, the rendering of which is imposed upon a subject.
    • Tax Charge; censure.
    • Tax 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.
    • Tax (Law) To assess, fix, or determine judicially, the amount of; as, to tax the cost of an action in court.
    • Tax 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. "I tax you, you elements, with unkindness.""Men's virtues I have commended as freely as I have taxed their crimes.""Fear not now that men should tax thine honor."
    • Tax 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. "We are more heavily taxed by our idleness, pride, and folly than we are taxed by government."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It was proposed in the Rhode Island legislature in the 1970s that there be a $2 tax on every act of sexual intercourse.
    • n tax Same as collateral-inheritance tax. See collateral and death-duty.
    • tax To lay a burden or burdens on; make demands upon; put to a certain strain; task: as, to tax one's memory.
    • tax To subject to the payment of taxes; impose a tax on; levy money or other contributions from, as from subjects or citizens, to meet the expenses of government: as, to tax land, commodities, or income; to tax a people.
    • tax In the New Testament, to register (persons and their property) for the purpose of imposing tribute.
    • tax In law, to examine and allow or disallow items of charge for costs, fees, or disbursements: as, the court taxes bills of cost.
    • tax To accuse; charge; take to task: with of or (as now commonly) with before the thing charged.
    • tax To take to task; censure; blame.
    • tax To indulge in ridicule or satire.
    • n tax A disagreeable or burdensome duty or charge; an exaction; a requisition; an oppressive demand; strain; burden; task.
    • n tax An enforced proportional contribution levied on persons, property, or income, either by the authority of the state for the support of the government, and for all its public or governmental needs, or
    • n tax by local authority, for general municipal purposes. In a more general sense the word includes assessments on specific properties benefited by a local improvement, for the purpose of paying expenses of that improvement. Taxes, in the stricter sense, are direct when demanded from the very persons who it is supposed as a general thing will bear their burden: as, for example, poll-taxes, land or property taxes, income taxes, taxes for keeping man-servants, carriages, or dogs. Taxes are said to be indirect when they are demanded from persons who it is supposed as a general thing will indemnify themselves at the expense of others—that is, when they are levied on commodities before they reach the consumer, and are paid by those upon whom they ultimately fall, not as taxes, but as part of the market price of the commodity (Cooley): as, for example, the taxes called customs, which are imposed on certain classes of imported goods, and those called excise duties, which are imposed on certain home manufactures and articles of inland production. In the United States all state and municipal taxes are direct, and are levied upon the assessed values of real and personal property, while the revenue required for general governmental purposes is derived from indirect taxes upon certain imports, and upon whisky, tobacco, etc. In the United Kingdom the governmental revenues are derived from both direct and indirect sources—from taxes on income, stamps, dogs, etc., from imposts on a few imported articles of consumption, especially tea, spirits, tobacco, and wines, and from excise duties. House taxes, or taxes on rental, form the largest part of the local revenues, municipal revenues being entirely raised from this source. See phrases below.
    • n tax Charge; censure.
    • n tax A lesson to be learned; a task.
    • n tax Assessment is either the valuation of property for the purpose of its taxation;
    • n tax the imposing of the tax; or.
    • n tax a charge on specific real property of a share of the expense of a local improvement specially benefiting that property. Tribute views the tax as laid not for the public good, but arbitrarily for the benefit of the one levying it, especially a conqueror: as, “Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute.” Each of these words had its older, peculiar, or figurative uses. See definitions of the words, and also of subsidy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When the income tax first started in 1861, the maximum tax was 3%.
    • n Tax taks a rate imposed on property or persons for the benefit of the state: anything imposed: a burdensome duty
    • v.t Tax to lay a tax on: to register or enrol for fiscal purposes (Luke ii. 1): to burden: to accuse: to examine accounts in order to allow or disallow items
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.”
  • John Ray
    John Ray
    “Diseases are the tax on pleasures.”
  • Glenda Jackson
    Glenda Jackson
    “My money goes to my agent, then to my accountant and from him to the tax man.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Every advantage has its tax.”
  • Leona Helmsley
    Leona Helmsley
    “We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. taxe, fr. taxer, to tax, L. taxare, to touch, sharply, to feel, handle, to censure, value, estimate, fr. tangere, tactum, to touch. See Tangent, and cf. Task Taste


In literature:

The two taxes were dependent upon each other.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
If the State taxes us, as a religious and Christian people, for the education of our children, it must give us a Christian education.
"Public School Education" by Michael Müller
Besides, a portion of the surplus value which the capitalists now pocket, they must hand over to the State in the shape of taxes.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
The tax-gatherer came one day into Walter's house to collect the tax.
"Richard II" by Jacob Abbott
The Stamp Act was the first definite assertion of the right to tax America.
"The Siege of Boston" by Allen French
Parliament proposes to tax this country without our having a voice in the matter.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Should this be denied she asked to have her taxes returned.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
This meant taxes and taxes meant opposition.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
This was not a fee, it was a tax, and only the burgesses could initiate a tax on Virginians.
"The Road to Independence: Virginia 1763-1783" by Virginia State Dept. of Education
The Assembly claimed the exclusive right to levy general taxes.
"Virginia under the Stuarts 1607-1688" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker

In poetry:

Amid their cups that freely flow'd,
Their revelry and mirth,
A youthful knight tax'd Valentine
Of base and doubtful birth.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
But while thou liv'st, nor yield'st to Fate,
Contending without fear,
I will not tax with cruelty
The power that placed me here.
"The Resurrection" by Count Giacomo Leopardi
He tells us of that glorious one,
I think his name was Washington,
How he did fight for liberty,
To save a threepence tax on tea.
"A Song For Freedom" by Anonymous Americas
"You taxed me often, teased me, wept;
I only smiled, and still I kept
Through storm and sun and night and day,
My joyous, viewless, faithful way.
"When Love Went" by Susan Coolidge
"When late our sire beloved
Was taken deadly ill,
Sir Lawyer, you attended him
(I mean to tax your bill);
And, as you signed and wrote it,
I prithee read the will."
"The King Of Brentford’s Testament" by William Makepeace Thackeray
My Creator, Preserver, Redeemer and King,
I would tax all my powers to obey;
But to Him let me look for the help that I need,
Who is the life, the light, and the way.
"Lines" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow

In news:

Generally, if you have your own business, you'll have to pay your tax in the form of an estimated tax .
An energy excise tax will go into effect at the beginning of the new year but it is not a new tax, which taxpayers should be worried about.
New Year, Different Rules: Estate Tax, Gift Tax , & GST Tax Rules For 2011.
Gradually tax carbon and reduce other taxes.
Back in early August — with a deadline to place items on the city election ballot just days away — Mayor Dennis Donohue did not have the votes on the council to get an increase in the sales tax or to modify the city's workhorse utility tax.
Tax holiday adds uncertainty to an already exceptionally uncertain tax environment.
PAXTON — Next Tuesday's public hearing for Paxton's proposed tax increment financing district will be rescheduled, the city's tax- increment attorney said.
That death and taxes are inevitable is a constant, and it is inevitable taxes will begin to climb for anyone who pays them during the next year.
If you had significant payments for medical care, charitable contributions, mortgage interest, taxes or other deductions, they can help reduce taxes when itemizing .
On July 31 we will be asked to vote on a proposed transportation improvements special purpose local option sales tax that would add 1 percent sales tax for 10 years.
It's a custodial tax, meaning the restaurants hold onto your tax dollars until taxes are due.
Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist said Monday that his group, Americans for Tax Reform, would work to unseat Republicans who break their pledge to never vote for higher taxes.
Jerry Brown's tax increase, which got a thumbs-up from 54 percent of voters, adds a new quarter-cent sales tax and increases income taxes on individuals making more than $250,000 a year.
Starting in the 2012 tax year, state income tax forms will have a tax check-off for the Special Olympics Michigan Fund.
Tax Reform Proposal Includes Another Cigarette Tax Hike, Flat Income Tax.

In science:

Likewise ˜βx is the fraction of the farmer’s losses that occurs because of taxes.
Generalized models as a universal approach to the analysis of nonlinear dynamical systems
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
Comparison of the diffusion coefficients is considerably more taxing, but they also work out to be exactly the same.
The strong-coupling master equation of quantum open systems
Lutz’s key idea to define resource-bounded dimension on E is to tax the martingales’ wins.
A zero-one SUBEXP-dimension law for BPP
The SUBEXP-dimension of a complexity class is the highest tax rate that can be levied on the martingales’ wins without preventing them from succeeding on the class.
A zero-one SUBEXP-dimension law for BPP