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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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Since New Labour came to power the community charge has increased on average four times the rate of inflation.
NOW the time is near for the dreaded community charge bill to arrive, isn't it time we were given answers questions?
The revelation about the community charge comes as elected members prepare to discuss next year's annual budget at a meeting on Wednesday.
My community charge is pounds 767.64 per year together with all other household bills.
On April 1 this year,I used my debit card to phone through a full year's community charge payment for 2003.
Will the cost be 'passed on' in next year's Poll Tax, sorry, Community Charge? Allen Jenkinson
Big at the box office: The Rugrats Movie 1989 Margaret Thatcher's new local government tax, officially called the Community Charge but better known as the 'Poll Tax', is introduced in Scotland with a view to rolling it out across the UK the next year.
It is astonishing to recall the emotion and rioting caused when the Conservatives proposed the Poll Tax, which subsequently morphed into the Community Charge and order was restored; now surprisingly, we accept these regular above inflation increases with a resigned indifference.
What interests me as a Birmingham Community charge payer is how much domestic waste is collected now, and when we had a full fleet of vehicles with a full crew.
The 1990 "Community Charge" introduced by the British Government is commonly known by what name?
At its cabinet meeting, members of East Renfrewshire Council accepted that it would not be able to recover PS3.36 million in unpaid historical Community Charge.
Thatcher was angered that Mr Major wanted to axe her most favourite policy - the Community Charge (known as the Poll Tax).

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