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surtax

[n. sur-taks; v. sur-taks, sur-taks] /n. ˈsɜrˌtæks; v. ˈsɜrˌtæks, sɜrˈtæks/
noun
1.
an additional or extra tax on something already taxed.
2.
one of a graded series of additional taxes levied on incomes exceeding a certain amount.
verb (used with object)
3.
to put an additional or extra tax on; charge with a surtax.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; sur-1 + tax; cf. supertax, French surtaxe
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British Dictionary definitions for sur-tax

surtax

/ˈsɜːˌtæks/
noun
1.
a tax, usually highly progressive, levied on the amount by which a person's income exceeds a specific level
2.
an additional tax on something that has already been taxed
verb
3.
(transitive) to assess for liability to surtax; charge with an extra tax
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Word Origin and History for sur-tax

surtax

n.

"extra tax," 1881, from French surtaxe, from Old French sur- "over" (see sur-) + taxe "tax" (see tax (n.)).

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sur-tax in Culture

surtax definition


A tax added to an existing tax. To help finance the Vietnam War, for example, Congress imposed a surtax on the federal income tax.

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