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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.
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poll tax

a tax that is levied at a fixed rate per head of population. See LOCAL TAX.
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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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Labour's shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran said: "Now we know what many suspected - that the Tories saw Scotland as a test bed for the poll tax.
"Apart from anything else, about a quarter of the people who were liable for the poll tax in 1989 are now dead.
The poll tax was brought in by Margaret Thatcher's Tory government in 1989.
However, it was only brought to replace the Poll Tax. Centered on the number of adults living in one household, it was seen as even more unfair.
Salmond said the bedroom tax could even play as important a role in the debate as the poll tax did in a fight for a Scottish Parliament.
This is the poll tax by another name, and the voters will punish Dracula for trying to sink his fangs into their wallets.
Last night, Solidarity leader Sheridan vowed: "As we did for the Poll Tax, if people need support when they are faced with the prospect of eviction, we will be there to support them.
The poll tax - or Community Charge - sparked huge protests when introduced to Scotland a year before England in 1989.
is similar to the poll tax in cruelty and its targeting of the have been put in jail a few for stopping sheriff officers the poll tax campaign and we may have to face the risks.
Pressed on why she raised the idea in a newspaper, he said: "We are not going to reintroduce the poll tax. Full stop."
Scotland fought the poll tax tooth and nail 20 years ago.
Howard, who arrived in Scotland yesterday morning to meet with leaders of the Scotland's fishing industry, first apologised for the Poll Tax debacle.