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ad valorem tax

a tax levied according to the value of the property, merchandise, etc., being taxed.
1690-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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any tax imposed on the basis of the monetary value of the taxed item. Literally the term means "according to value." Traditionally, most customs and excises had "specific" rates; the tax base was defined in terms of physical units such as gallons, pounds, or individual items

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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