Definition of surtax in English:


Syllabification: sur·tax
Pronunciation: /ˈsərˌtaks


  • An additional tax on something already taxed, such as a higher rate of tax on incomes above a certain level.
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    • In many states a temporary surtax on personal income taxes is probably the optimal answer, when contingency funds are inadequate and prudent spending reductions have been exhausted.
    • The Liberal budget reduced personal income, capital gains and corporate tax rates, and announced the phased elimination of a surtax on higher income Canadians, but it made no mention of the regressive Goods and Services Tax.
    • They are supported mainly by transfers - a surtax on West German income that is transferred to the East Germans.


late 19th century: from French surtaxe (see sur-1, tax).

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