from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A tax of one tenth formerly imposed in Spain upon public sales and exchanges, and paid by the seller. Also written
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- noun In
Spain, a taxlevied on transactionsinvolving property movableor immovable.
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In the _alcavala_ -- which he had for the past two years been accustomed to levy on all the traffic between Puebla and Oajaca -- he had found excellent pay for his soldiers; and being a man not over scrupulous, though brave as a lion, he felt greatly disinclined to change his comfortable quarters.
The _alcavala_, a tax of one-tenth on all transfers of property, produced more than any other branch of the revenue.
Reyes de gloriosa memoria quanto era provechoso y honroso, que a estos sus reynos se truxessen libros de otras partes para que con ellos se hiziessen los hombres letrados, quisieron y ordenaron, que de los libros no se pagasse el alcavala ....
Catalonia enjoys the privilege of exemp - tion from the alcavala, cientos, and mil - lones; in lieu of which they pay ten per cent, on all rents, whether belonging to in -
The prefent duties on the quintal of one hundred and fourteen pounds avoirdupois are as follow: royal duty, four hundred and forty-two maravedis; alcavala, thirty-five and two-thirds; brokerage and coniular duty, twelve; in all about two mil - lings and ten pence.
The alcavala, with its four cicntos, is a tax of fourteen per cent, on every thing that is fold or bartered, even for oxen and mules ufed in hufbandry, for the raw materials ufcd in manufaillures, and for the commo - dity itfclf when fold, and this not once for all, but as often as the property is transfer - red ..
_alcavala_ for a determinate one, and still more by transferring its collection from the revenue officers to the citizens themselves, she greatly relieved her subjects.
[i5»] hundred and fifty reals a year for alcavala; yet among all the wretched ventas and po - fadas I had feen, this appeared one of the moil wretched.