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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

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

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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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The Poll Tax was a bit like Marmite, you either loved it or you hated it.
Environment Secretary Nicholas Ridley, who was responsible for getting the poll tax approved by parliament, recognised how bad it would look for the Government if it tried to tax people who sleep on the streets.
The Poll Tax - or Community Charge - replaced the rates system based on house values with a flat-rate tax.
The introduction of the poll tax - from 1989 in Scotland and a year later in England and Wales - to widespread protests was widely seen as one of the key elements behind her downfall from No.
The state argued that the new law rendered the poll tax argument moot.
Nonetheless, the Scottish Government will cover the cost to local authorities of the Poll Tax debt that they would have expected to recover under existing arrangements.
On Thursday, Alex Salmond rushed to promise action to stop the pursuit of newly registered poll tax dodgers, but it remained incredible that more than two decades after the so–called community charge – universally vilified as the poll tax – was scrapped, some of Scotland's largest councils were so quick to analyse the register to find defaulters.
ANYONE who remembers the introduction of the poll tax by the Tories under the premiership of Mrs Thatcher will also remember that it caused a countrywide protest, but the bedroom tax protest has been sparse.
City bosses are also owed the far greater sum of PS100m in council tax and that figure accumulated over the last 20 years after the abolition of the 'community charge', as the poll tax was known - meaning the rate of poll tax non-payment was far higher.
Maggie did not listen, and look what the poll tax did for her.