from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small excise tax levied on separate purchases and collected directly from the purchaser.
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- n. A tax imposed as a percentage of the selling price of goods or services, payable by the customer and transmitted by the seller to the taxing authority.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a tax based on the cost of the item purchased and collected directly from the buyer
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I don't think that charging a dollar and a half on your vote is a qualification of a voter, it is a just a nuisance tax or a disenfranchising povision.