payroll tax

noun
a tax levied against the amount of wages and salaries paid workers.

Origin:
1980–85

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payroll tax

levy imposed on wages and salaries. In contrast to income taxes, payroll taxes do not include income from capital sources such as dividends and interest

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We have never gone this long without a payroll tax increase.
Before you ask, this ranking takes account of employee-side payroll tax as well
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It would be a fairly simple process to replace, say, parts of the payroll tax
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