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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.


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