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Hidden Tax

A tax that is built in to the price of a good or service that the buyer does not see. That is, rather than being added at the end of a transaction, like a sales tax, hidden taxes are included in the price. Examples of hidden taxes include corporate taxes, which can cause companies to raise their prices so as not to reduce profit, and VAT, in which taxes are added at every stage of production. See also: Inflation tax.

stealth tax

a ‘buzzword’ for a relatively obscure TAX increase (e.g. stamp duty) announced with little publicity and explanation, usually to be implemented some months later by which time people generally have ‘forgotten’ about it. See FISCAL POLICY.

stealth tax

a ‘buzzword’ for a relatively obscure TAX increase (for example, stamp duty) that is announced with little publicity and explanation, usually to be implemented some months later, by which time people generally have ‘forgotten’ about it. See FISCAL POLICY.
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In an e-mailed response to the 1.7m people who signed an online petition opposing road charging, he said: "This not about imposing stealth taxes or introducing Big Brother surveillance."
If the latter, watch out for a mixture of stealth taxes that will be the equivalent of 3p on income tax.'
"If more money is needed to fund the NHS, the Chancellor should raise the money in a clear and straightforward way and not resort to further stealth taxes or yet more changes of policy that damage UK business."
Three-quarters (77%) of adults said they believe Labour has introduced "stealth taxes" since taking power but almost six out of 10 (57%) said the Conservatives were just as likely to introduce or raise the taxes if they won the next general election - despite pledges to scrap some of them.
In a speech in London, he accused Prime Minister Gordon Brown of giving green taxes a bad name, accusing him of using them as "stealth taxes".
It is about time he told the nation what he is going to do about housing, crime, poverty, stealth taxes, the NHS, education, farming and fishing.
Instead of increasing income tax which would have been the fairest method of funding its high public spending policies, this Government has increased stealth taxes, above all on council tax.
Does this continuous adding of stealth taxes indicate that our government is in serious financial straits?
Ms Oddy, who is standing as an independent, borrowed language of the Conservatives to criticise Labour's "stealth taxes", particularly Vat.
A Fine Gael spokesman said it was time the state stopped imposing "stealth taxes on hard-pressed consumers".
Added to the stealth taxes such as hospital car park charging, congestion charging and high prescription charges I think the Beatles song 'Help!' would be a good signature tune for the average British worker!
Mr Cameron said: "There is such a history with this Government of new taxes turning out to be stealth taxes. Business is right to be very wary.