Taxes

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A tax is a financial charge or other levy imposed on an individual or a legal entity by a state or a functional equivalent of a state.

A tax may be defined as a "pecuniary burden laid upon individuals or property to support the government […] a payment exacted by legislative authority."[1] A tax "is not a voluntary payment or donation, but an enforced contribution, exacted pursuant to legislative authority" and is "any contribution imposed by government […] whether under the name of toll, tribute, tallage, gabel, impost, duty, custom, excise, subsidy, aid, supply, or other name."[1]

Evaluating government websites

Government websites, be they county, city, or school district websites, should include:

  • Information about all taxes levied by the government whose website it is.
  • Information on how to appeal property tax assessments, if the unit of government is partially funded by property taxes.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Black's Law Dictionary, p. 1307 (5th ed. 1979).