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[n. sur-taks; v. sur-taks, sur-taks] /n. ˈsɜrˌtæks; v. ˈsɜrˌtæks, sɜrˈtæks/
an additional or extra tax on something already taxed.
one of a graded series of additional taxes levied on incomes exceeding a certain amount.
verb (used with object)
to put an additional or extra tax on; charge with a surtax.
Origin of surtax
1880-85; sur-1 + tax; cf. supertax, French surtaxe Unabridged
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Examples from the web for surtax
  • There were other missteps, too, such as the failure to support a surtax on bankers' bonuses.
  • We should discuss a surtax on high incomes for specific, tangible infrastructure investments.
  • Customers living in certain counties will also pay a surtax or wheel tax.
  • The cost of the stamp includes both the cigarette tax and the surtax.
  • National advocacy helped eliminate the government surtax on farmers' income from milk sales.
  • The sales amount is not subject to the surtax if the property or service is delivered within a county that does not impose surtax.
  • In lieu of sales tax collected by vendors, there now will be a cigarette surtax levied on cigarettes sold.
British Dictionary definitions for surtax


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

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

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surtax 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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