head tax

a uniform tax or surcharge imposed upon every person or every adult in a specific group, as on those entering or leaving a country or using a particular service or conveyance.

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  • head tax — ➔ tax1 * * * head tax UK US noun [C or U] TAX ► a tax that is the same amount for everyone and is not based on income: »Companies with 50 or more workers pay $4 a month per employee under a head tax that s widely despised because it penalizes… …   Financial and business terms

  • head tax — n: a tax that imposes the same amount of tax on every individual in a class or group Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • head tax — noun : a tax usually identical on every individual in a class or group: as a. : poll tax b. : a per capita tax imposed on one (as a steamship company) bringing immigrants into the United States * * * a uniform tax or surcharge imposed upon every… …   Useful english dictionary

  • head tax — noun A tax determined as a uniform, fixed amount per individual; a poll tax. Syn: capitation, poll tax …   Wiktionary

  • head tax — See poll tax …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Head tax (Canada) — The Chinese head tax was a fixed fee charged to each Chinese person entering Canada. The head tax was first levied after the Canadian parliament passed the Chinese Immigration Act of 1885 and was meant to discourage Chinese people from entering… …   Wikipedia

  • New Zealand head tax — New Zealand imposed a poll tax on Chinese immigrants during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The poll tax was effectively lifted in the 1930s following the invasion of China by Japan, and was finally repealed in 1944. Prime Minister Helen Clark …   Wikipedia

  • tax — ▪ I. tax tax 1 [tæks] noun [countable, uncountable] TAX an amount of money that you must pay to the government according to your income, property, goods etc, that is used to pay for public services: • The President said he would cut taxes for… …   Financial and business terms

  • tax — A charge by the government on the income of an individual, corporation, or trust, as well as the value of an estate or gift. The objective in assessing the tax is to generate revenue to be used for the needs of the public. A pecuniary burden laid …   Black's law dictionary

  • head money — noun 1. : head tax 2. : money paid for killing or capturing a person (as an outlaw) : bounty * * * 1. a tax of so much per head or person. 2. a reward paid for capturing or killing an outlaw, fugitive, or the like. [1520 30] * * * head money n …   Useful english dictionary

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