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head tax

Syllabification: head tax

Definition of head tax in English:

noun

A uniform tax imposed on each person: a 50 cent head tax imposed on departing ferry passengers
More example sentences
  • My colleague in Seattle has written up an interesting feature about a head tax the Canadian government levied on Chinese immigrants entering the country between 1885 and 1923.
  • The sudden U.S. imposition of decrees prohibiting slavery, imposing a head tax, overhauling the legal code, and banning weapons goaded many Moros into violent opposition.
  • Both, he said, were borrowed from Australia, which was the first to impose a head tax on Chinese immigrants, but soon abolished it.

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