poll tax

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poll tax

n.
A fixed tax levied on all persons in a certain area, especially as a condition of voting in elections.

poll tax

n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a tax levied per head of adult population
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an informal name for (the former) community charge

poll′ tax`


n.
a capitation tax, sometimes levied as a prerequisite for voting.
[1685–95]
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Noun1.poll tax - a tax of a fixed amount per person and payable as a requirement for the right to vote
capitation - a tax levied on the basis of a fixed amount per person
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My mother's grandfather had first come to Vancouver as a construction worker over a century ago, but was forced to return to China after 10 years because Canada's discriminatory head tax (a policy under which Chinese immigrants were charged $500) meant his wife couldn't join him.
Such texts could provide opportunities for students to critically examine and challenge the dominant narrative by including examples of historical injustice such as Africville, the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act, Indian residential schools, the Komagata Maru incident, the internment of Japanese-Canadians, and Canada's refusal to accept Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust during the Second World War, among other incidents, or by including contemporary voices of those who experience racism and injustice.
Metics, the overwhelming majority of whom were Greek, even those valued for their skill in the crafts, trades or professions, were nevertheless registered, controlled, charged a monthly head tax, expected to serve support roles in the military, and were required to be associated with an Athenian patron.
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It was a wonderful achievement for her to get to the position of head tax collector considering her background.
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I speak, of course, of the head tax that was imposed on Chinese immigrants to this country, as well as the other restrictive measures that followed.
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He also became Moderator of the 20th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada in 1894 and was one of the few Canadians to speak out against the head tax on Chinese immigrants.