One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the UK) an official responsible for assessing and collecting income tax and some other taxes.
- ‘Every business owner's nightmare is a phone call from the Revenue Commissioners informing him that a tax inspector is going to call.’
- ‘Under section 5 of the Act of 1964, assessments are now in general made not by the commissioners but by an inspector of taxes or (in the case of surtax) by the Board of Inland Revenue.’
- ‘The inspector of taxes may assess the profits from his trade of house-improving.’
- ‘A tax inspector is entitled to inspect records relating to the payment of fees or other financial transactions of the taxpayers to determine whether a person owes tax.’
- ‘He later spent ten years as an inspector of taxes in the Revenue Commissioners.’
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