sin tax


Also found in: Medical, Financial, Idioms, Wikipedia.

sin tax

n. Informal
A tax on certain items, such as cigarettes and alcohol, that are regarded as neither necessities nor luxuries.

sin tax

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) informal a tax levied on something that is considered morally or medically harmful, such as alcohol or tobacco

sin′ tax`


n.
a tax levied on items, as cigarettes or liquor, considered neither luxuries nor necessities.
[1960–65]
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Funds necessary to ensure the enrollment of all PWDs who are not currently covered under any existing health program shall be sourced from the proceeds of sin tax law.
He also spent $650,000 of his money to help pass a bill in the city of Berkeley in California that places a sin tax on soda of a penny-per-ounce.
There is some evidence to suggest that the public is waking up to the fact that taxes rarely are devoted to any specific purpose in practice and, on the occasions when sin tax revenue genuinely is earmarked, it transfers wealth from middle- and low-income consumers to bureaucrats and pressure groups.
Recent additions to the sin tax category are foods that are high in sugar, transfats, and other ingredients the public-health establishment has associated with rising incidences of obesity, (2) Type 2 diabetes, and similar so-called epidemics.
The results were achieved despite an increase in operating costs attributed mainly to the depreciation of the Namibian dollar against the Euro and the US$ and the high sin tax of up to 40% imposed by the Botswana Government, a key export market.
9 percent) for the year falls well behind other sin tax revenue decreases, such as lottery sales (-10.
In a recent National Post article (March 23, 2011) entitled, Toronto Island too far for red-light district, Matt Ward cites that Ward 7 City Councillor, Giorgio Mammoliti, has a desire to create a Toronto Red Light District and impose a sin tax on it.
I DO HAVE A MODEST PROPOSAL FOR ADDRESSING the ongoing saga of bad boy behavior among powerful men: a sin tax for adulterers making more than $200,000 a year.
The rationale behind a tax on soft drinks, or any sin tax, is that when the government raises prices on a certain good, it will become so expensive that consumers will give it up.
The proceeds of this new sin tax would fund health-related services that will no doubt benefit everyone in the state, such as health insurance for needy children, improving the state's overcrowded hospital emergency rooms and research for breast and prostrate cancer, among others.
When the Jacobs brothers bought the Indians in 1986, they initiated scare tactics about the team leaving Cleveland, with the fear escalating to a staged event two days before the May 1990 vote on the sin tax.
Under the previously-announced gun tax proposal, firearms and ammunition sold in Cook County would be subjected to a sin tax with the receipts earmarked to provide heath care services to gang members.