Definition of direct tax in English:

direct tax

Pronunciation /dəˈrɛkt/


  • A tax, such as income tax, which is levied on the income or profits of the person who pays it, rather than on goods or services.

    ‘The Scottish National Party has called for a return to direct taxes like income tax, under which the rich pay more.’
    • ‘It ruled that because the income tax was a direct tax not apportioned among the states, it violated Article I of the US Constitution.’
    • ‘Some research had been done at Massey University (at Palmerston North in the North Island) showing that countries that had this independent direct tax rather than income tax had higher employment rates.’
    • ‘They distribute benefits and goods in the form of transfer payments, services, and capital, and raise revenue in the form of direct taxes on income and indirect taxes on goods purchased.’
    • ‘The method of taking real funding can be through direct taxes or indirect taxes and by means of monetary printing.’
    • ‘Some Tories such as the future Lord Salisbury feared a household suffrage would lead to an attack on property through increased direct taxes such as the income tax.’
    • ‘Hence, an unapportioned direct tax such as the income tax still cannot be legal.’
    • ‘Indeed, and with the exception of Israel, direct taxes on incomes, profits, and capital gains in the Middle East are among the lowest in the world.’
    • ‘But as Minister of Revenue, I am responsible only for direct taxes, indirect taxes, and related matters.’
    • ‘‘To stay competitive the weight must be kept off direct tax - income tax and company tax - and the indirect tax base must carry the burden of funding social services,’ he emphasised.’
    • ‘He established free trade by raising revenue from direct taxes on land and income.’
    • ‘The traditional tax system of Castile, with its reliance upon sales taxes and a direct tax on the tithe proved ill suited for the natural resource based economy of New Spain.’
    • ‘‘Next year, too, the Government will maintain the tendency of lowering direct taxes and increasing indirect taxes, thus encouraging a rise in the level of investments,’ Velchev said.’
    • ‘The minister noted that there are large recoverable areas both in direct taxes and indirect taxes and hoped that he would be able to recover a tidy sum this year through a special, multi-pronged drive to recover the arrears.’
    • ‘The gradual reduction of the tax burden will be partly achieved by cutting direct taxes and increasing indirect taxes, the Cabinet said.’
    • ‘A general fall in the share of direct taxes in total public sector revenue in the 1980s, which was more marked among adjusting than nonadjusting countries, is likely to have implied a more regressive incidence of taxation.’
    • ‘One reason, perhaps, is that our government still relies primarily on indirect taxes (related to what we spend) rather than direct taxes (on what we earn, such as income and profit taxes).’
    • ‘Credit increases the amount of money in the economy and tax revenue from indirect and direct tax, thus allowing politicians to cut taxes.’
    • ‘Accordingly, Article I, Section 9 required that Congress allocate direct taxes, like property taxes, to the states in proportion to their population, rather than to the value of their property.’
    • ‘This complex structure would be replaced by a ‘territorial subvention’, a permanent direct tax levied in kind on all landowners, with no exemptions, at the moment of harvest.’