stealth tax

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stealth tax
 
n
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
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