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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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This is illustrated in Figure 4 for the case of head tax financing of public provision.
He appears to have been prophetically alone in his principles and passionate opposition to the head tax.
Should the casino default on its obligation to make such payment, the city, as contingent lessee, agrees to make the payment from revenues of the leased premises, supplemented by its non-levied general revenues including its home rule sales tax and gaming-related head tax revenues.
On a side note, kudos go to the State Legislature, which on April 18, voted to lower State head tax from $46 a passenger to $34.
1894-1895), Mackay spoke against the Canadian government's head tax on Chinese immigrants to Canada.
Government will be losing the head tax, the port will be losing, dues all the service providers will lose revenue";
Excess head tax revenues are deposited equally into the general and capital improvement funds.
This is compounded by the decision of Princess Cruises, Holland America, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines to drop some Alaska cruises from their itineraries, citing both rising costs of deploying ships to Alaska and recently enacted legislation charging the operators a $50 head tax.
Although still subject to final certification by the state, the new taxes include a $50 per passenger head tax which will increase the government taxes and fees paid by passengers embarking on Alaskan cruises.
An unnamed source said Government would lose US$400,000 annually in head tax alone, should Princess Cruise stop making calls here.
The reason, according to Peck, is the voter-approved (2006) Ballot Initiative 2, which most people recognize as a head tax of $50 on cruises to Alaska.
Maher III (R-Allegheny/Washington), amends the Local Tax Enabling Act to raise the exclusion cap for the per capita or similar head tax, occupation tax, occupational privilege tax or earned income tax from $5,000 to $10,000 per year.