Definition of avoision in English:

avoision

(also tax avoision)

Pronunciation /əˈvoiZHən/ /əˈvɔɪʒən/

noun

  • The arrangement of one's financial affairs so as to avoid or minimize tax liability in such a way that it is not clear whether this constitutes lawful avoidance of tax or illegal tax evasion.

    ‘tax avoision is a consequence of the web of tax rules that has undermined compliance’
    as modifier ‘the higher the tax rate, the more popular the avoision schemes’
    • ‘It is often difficult to distinguish avoidance from evasion. A new term, "tax avoision" was invented to describe the grey area between the two.’
    • ‘Such activity is closer to tax avoision, where avoidance shades into evasion, than are the government-sponsored schemes which are now to be arbitrarily chopped back.’
    • ‘This other drug legalization movement is an example of what theorists call legal avoision.’
    • ‘The term 'tax avoision' has come to be used to refer to those practices the speaker regards, not as dishonest evasion but, even so, as unacceptable tax avoidance.’

Origin

1970s blend of avoidance (see avoid) and evasion.

Pronunciation

avoision

/əˈvoiZHən/ /əˈvɔɪʒən/