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  • noun A report filed with a national or local tax authority for determining the amount of taxation, usually consisting of forms completed by a taxpayer.

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  • noun document giving the tax collector information about the taxpayer's tax liability


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  • "Tax return" refers to a document which can be filed with a government body declaring liability for taxation.


    February 2, 2008

  • "Line 4. Add lines 1, 2, and 3. Divide by π. Add 17. Multiply by Avogadro's number and subtract your resting heart rate. This is your adjusted gross income."

    —Christopher Mah, "Excerpts from My 2008 Tax Return," McSweeney's (seen here)

    April 17, 2009

  • This is often confused with "tax refund", which is money withheld by the government in excess of taxes owed that is refunded to the taxpayer upon filing of a tax return.

    March 16, 2017