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TAX is a word made from vertically symmetrical letters.

Usage statistics for the noun tax:

spoken English38.06%written English61.94% conversational speech34.23%task-oriented speech65.77% imaginative writing4.8%informational writing95.2%
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Definition of the noun tax

What does tax mean as a name of something?

Tax is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: taxes

  1. charge against a citizen's person or property or activity for the support of government
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonyms of tax: revenue enhancement / taxation
    • more generic word: levy = a charge imposed and collected
    • more specific terms:
      • single tax = a system of taxation in which a tax is levied on a single commodity
      • income tax = a personal tax levied on annual income
      • capital gains tax = a tax on capital gains
      • 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
      • 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
      • capitation = a tax levied on the basis of a fixed amount per person
      • progressive tax / graduated 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
      • stamp duty / stamp tax = a tax collected by requiring a stamp to be purchased and attached
      • 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

Alternative definition of the noun tax


  1. Money paid to the government other than for transaction-specific goods and services.
  2. A burdensome demand.

Definition of the verb tax

What does tax mean as a doing word?

Tax is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: taxed | taxing | taxes

  1. levy a tax on
    • examples: The State taxes alcohol heavily | Clothing is not taxed in our state
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]The phone company billed me
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Asset]The phone company billed me $10
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Asset] for [Cause]The phone company billed me $10 for that phone call

      Measure Verbs (with the same syntax): amerce, bet, bill, charge, fine, invoice, mulct, overcharge, save, scrimp, spare, tip, undercharge, wager.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic words: impose / levy = impose and collect
    • more specific words:
  2. set or determine the amount of (a payment such as a fine)
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of tax: assess
    • more generic words: determine / set = fix conclusively or authoritatively
  3. use to the limit
    • example: you are taxing my patience
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonym of tax: task
    • more generic words: extend / strain = use to the utmost
  4. make a charge against or accuse
    • example: They taxed him failure to appear in court
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: charge = make an accusatory claim

Alternative definition of the verb tax


  1. [transitive] To impose and collect a tax from (a person).
  2. [transitive] To impose and collect a tax on (something).
  3. [transitive] To make excessive demands on.


Who is Tax?

Tax a.k.a. Nivaldo Alves Freitas Santos: Nivaldo "Tax" Alves Freitas Santos is a Cape Verdean footballer who plays for Associação Académica de Coimbra – O.A.F.


Tax is a record label.


  1. Tax a.k.a. Tamki Language: Tamki is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in central Chad.
    • also known as Temki
  2. TAX a.k.a. The Virginia Department of Taxation is the state agency responsible for collecting taxes for the state of Virginia.
  3. Tax a.k.a. contactin 2 (axonal) is a gene.
    • also known as transient axonal glycoprotein 1, transiently-expressed axonal glycoprotein, axonin-1 cell adhesion molecule, contactin 2 (transiently expressed), contactin 2
  4. Tax: A charge against a citizen's person or property or activity for the support of government.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Tax

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Google previewThe Simple Truth about Income Tax (2007)

by Thomas T. Scambos, Thomas Freed

Summary and Conclusion The Truth about the Income Tax is that everything you have EVER been taught about it by your government is a lie! The Truth is that it does not exist to fund the operation of the government or to pay for its programs.

Google previewThe Forum (1895)

Wells argues that if the income tax is an indirect tax it contravenes that clause in the Constitution which requires all duties, imposts and excises to be uniform. Is there any foundation for this ...

Google previewFederal Income Tax (2008)

Examples & Explanations by Joseph Bankman, Thomas D. Griffith, Katherine Pratt

The income tax is the largest source of revenue for the federal government.

The social security tax is a payroll tax levied on both employees and employers and is calculated as a percentage of salary income. Other sources of ...

Google previewDemographic Uncertainty and Fiscal Policy

A consumption tax is a more efficient instrument than a labour income tax, as it taxes not only workers, but also retirees and individuals of working age who live on social security. In both instances, however, current generations lose because of ...

Google previewLawful Income Tax Avoidance for the Qualified Wages and Salaries of Natural Persons (2010)

by Attorney Richard C. DiMare

For the term tax is the genus, and includes: 1. Direct taxes; 2. Duties...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy (2009)

by James A Beverly, David Andrew Schultz

sales tax Sales taxes represent the largest single source of revenue for state and local governments, providing approximately 20 percent to total annual general revenue. Sales taxes in the United States are confined to the state and local level , ...

Google previewA Complete Encyclopedia of Virginia Law (1922)

Being a Concise But Complete Alphabetical Presentation of the Present Common and Statute Law, Civil and Criminal of the Commonwealth Based on the Monumental Works of Dr. B. Minor, Etc.; with Forms by Samuel Need Hurst

DELINQUENT TAX SALES Definitions Taxes a lien enforceable by sale Listing, valuation, ana levy Relief...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Tariffs and Trade in U.S. History: The encyclopedia (2003)

by Cynthia Clark Northrup, Elaine C. Prange Turney

Traditionally, Congress based tariff rates on an ad valorem basis, meaning that the import tax equaled a percentage of the value of the asset. During the election of 1828, the tariff issue became politicized when woolen manufacturers ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Louisiana (1999)

by Nancy Capace

First Use Tax Trust Fund Section 9. (A)(1) Creation. The First Use Tax Trust Fund is hereby created and established in the state treasury as a special and irrevocable trust fund for the deposit of the proceeds, and interest derived therefrom, ...

Google previewDictionary of Property and Construction Law (2002)

by J. Rostron, Robert Hardy-Pickering, Laura Tatham, Linda Wright

income tax A levy on income or profits administered under the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988, as amended. The tax is ...

Google previewDrugs in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law [3 volumes] (2014)

by Nancy E. Marion, Willard M. Oliver

During the whiskey rebellion of 1794 a government inspector is covered with tar as a protest against a new tax. (Bettmann/corbis). Mendelson, Jack. H., and Nancy K. Mello. 1985. Alcohol: Use and Abuse in America. Boston: Little, Brown and ...

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Usage statistics about tax

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Usage statistics for the noun tax:

spoken English38.06%written English61.94% conversational speech34.23%task-oriented speech65.77% imaginative writing4.8%informational writing95.2%

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb tax:


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Sign language

Utah Tax Help American Sign Language

A example of free tax preparation in Utah for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Quotes about Tax

Tax reform means, 'Don't tax you, don't tax me. Tax that fellow behind the tree.' (Russell Long)
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Scrabble value of T1A1X8

The value of this 3-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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