poll tax

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Poll Tax

A tax one must pay in order to vote. That is, a poll tax is a fee. Poll taxes are illegal in the United States as they discourage the poor (and, in some cases, racial minorities) from voting.

poll tax

a tax that is levied at a fixed rate per head of population. See LOCAL TAX.

poll tax

a TAX that is levied at a fixed rate per head of population. Poll tax was also used as a colloquial term to describe the UK's COMMUNITY CHARGE. See LUMP-SUM TAXES, LOCAL TAX.
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Many voters may wish to punish the party in control of their local government for introducing a high community charge rather than the Conservative central government, so in Table 3 we look at differences according to party control.
The Government replaced local rates with the community charge in Scotland (April 1989) and England and Wales (April 1990).
He showed some inclination to want to rethink quite major aspects of the community charge.
JUST received my new community charges for 2011 to 2012.
In a 22-minute statement to the House Of Commons, Mr Heseltine said: "In spite of the comprehensive system of income-related rebates and the reduction scheme we devised, the public have not been persuaded that the community charge is fair.
The hated community charge, which never recovered from being dubbed the poll tax, was to Thatcher-ite minds an obvious solution.
The community charge, or poll tax as it was known, was a terrible mistake and caused disturbing unrest.
Mr Renwick is withholding his community charge in protest at Councillor King's expenses claims.
Parliament passes the restructuring of local government finance in England and Wales with effect from April (following its implementation in Scotland a year earlier), including the replacement of domestic property levies by a community charge on adults and of business tax levies by a uniform business rate (with a five-year transitional period).
Since they were likely to be vocal in their opposition, he thought it important that means should be found to introduce the community charge on a gradual basis.
Poll tax: PS425million of poll tax debt will be written off in a community charge debt Bill.
After 18 months came the bombshell that they had made a mistake and I should be paying 75 per cent of my community charge.

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