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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It will become equally contentious, and is already being described as a "poll tax on wheels" by motoring organisations.
Thatcher was angered that Mr Major wanted to axe her most favourite policy - the Community Charge (known as the Poll Tax).
MARGARET Thatcher's flagship poll tax reforms so alarmed her ministers that one even warned it could lead to people sleeping on the streets to avoid the charge, the records reveal.
MARGARET Thatcher ignored warnings from senior Tories about bringing in the hated Poll Tax - even when told it could result in more rough sleepers.
AFORMER Welsh Secretary urged Margaret Thatcher to make the homeless pay the widely-loathed poll tax - warning that an exemption would encourage people to sleep rough, it has emerged.
Texas' four-year-old voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act but is not a "poll tax" barred under the U.S.
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.
In a new measure branded "Poll Tax Mk 2", an estimated 1.9 million people who did not previously have to pay the tax in England, Scotland and Wales are now liable for between 10 and 30% of the bill.