sin tax
noun Date: 1964 a tax on substances or activities considered sinful or harmful (as tobacco, alcohol, or gambling)

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  • sin tax — ➔ tax1 * * * sin tax UK US noun [C, usually singular] INFORMAL TAX ► a tax charged on particular things or activities that are seen as bad and unnecessary, such as cigarettes, alcohol, or gambling: »Cleveland has used a sin tax to build stadiums… …   Financial and business terms

  • sin tax — sin′ tax n. ecn bus inf a tax levied on items, as cigarettes or liquor, considered neither luxuries nor necessities • Etymology: 1960–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • sin tax — n. a tax on a product or activity, esp. liquor, tobacco, or gambling, customarily regarded as sinful or harmful …   English World dictionary

  • sin tax — noun : a tax on substances or activities traditionally considered sinful (as tobacco, liquor, or gambling) * * * Informal. a tax levied on cigarettes, liquor, gambling, or other things considered neither luxuries nor necessities. [1970 75] * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sin Tax — A state sponsored tax that is added to products or services that are seen as vices, such as alcohol, tobacco and gambling. These type of taxes are levied by governments to discourage individuals from partaking in such activities without making… …   Investment dictionary

  • sin tax — Informal. a tax levied on cigarettes, liquor, gambling, or other things considered neither luxuries nor necessities. [1970 75] * * * …   Universalium

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  • Tax shift — or Tax swap is a change in taxation that eliminates or reduces one or several taxes and establishes or increases others while keeping the overall revenue the same. [cite web url = http://sustainableprosperity.ca/about/faqs/#eight title = Will… …   Wikipedia

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