excess profits tax

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Excess profits tax

Additional federal taxes placed on the earnings of a business, used only in time of national emergency such as war.
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Excess Profits Tax

A tax imposed on a company's profits over a certain amount. Excess profit taxes are imposed in order to generate more revenue for the government, especially during national emergencies. In the United States, excess profit taxes have been implemented during wartime. There are also periodic debates on whether to impose an excess profit tax on private industries thought to be necessary for consumers in order to discourage profiteering or price gouging. Particularly, oil and gas companies have been targeted for this form of the excess profit tax. See also: Windfall Tax.
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excess profits tax

A temporary tax levied on business profits during a period of national emergency. For example, the federal government may levy an additional corporate income tax during wartime to generate extra government revenues.
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