Definition of poll tax in English:

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poll tax


[mass noun]
1A tax levied on every adult, without reference to their income or resources: the council tax replaces the poll tax [count noun]: the payment of a poll tax
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  • In late May 1381, a number of local peasants, craftsmen, and traders seized and assaulted some justices sent from London to enforce a hated new poll tax.
  • Widespread violence was sparked off in 1381 by yet another poll tax, this one at 1s. a head, three times the rate of 1377 and 1379.
  • It was thought dangerous, because it risked rebellion, and this in the period when Salisbury, Sir Edward Coke and many others firmly entered it into the national mythology that poll tax led to rebellion.
1.1 informal term for community charge.
Example sentences
  • As for Dave Green's assertion that the Thatcherites would have replaced poll tax with a local income tax if it was feasible - nonsense!
  • When the council tax replaced the poll tax in 1993, homes were placed in eight bands based on property prices.
  • The policy would be used to embarrass non-payers of council tax, poll tax and business rates.

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