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[taks-pey-er] /ˈtæksˌpeɪ ər/
a person who pays a tax or is subject to taxation.
a temporary building that yields rent sufficient only to pay the taxes on the property on which it stands.
Origin of taxpayer
1810-20; tax + payer
Related forms
taxpaying, noun Unabridged
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  • The husband may vote as a taxpayer by right of his wife's real estate.

  • There is no need for the British taxpayer to be alarmed at this balance-sheet.

    Home Rule Harold Spender
  • Confessedly or unconfessedly we knock his profits, not only off what goes to the taxpayer, but what goes to the soldier.

    Utopia of Usurers and other Essays Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  • The British taxpayer, in a word, is thoroughly well looked after.

    Home Rule Harold Spender
  • The morning after the election Hendricks began a lawsuit as a taxpayer and citizen to make the waterworks company move its plant.

    A Certain Rich Man William Allen White
British Dictionary definitions for taxpayer


a person or organization that pays taxes or is liable to taxation
Derived Forms
taxpaying, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for taxpayer

1816, from tax (n.) + payer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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