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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A new challenge, still under consideration by the 3rd Court of Appeals, argues that the "pole tax" is unconstitutional because the fees are not used appropriately.
After the 2007 Legislature passed the law known as the Sexually Oriented Business Fee Act - or the "pole tax" in the vernacular - strip club owners challenged the fee in court.
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