stealth tax

World English Dictionary
stealth tax
informal (Brit) an indirect tax, such as that on fuel or pension funds, esp one of which people are unaware or that is felt to be unfair

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Main Entry:  stealth tax
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  any type of new tax or tax increase that introduced gradually or covertly; any additional charge that is not recognized as a tax; a hidden tax
Etymology:  1988's 21st Century Lexicon
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