Definition of overtax in English:

overtax

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Require to pay too much tax:

    ‘the UK is not overtaxed compared to other countries’
    • ‘This Government is overtaxing New Zealanders specifically to have a bucket of money so that it can socially engineer what it hands back.’
    • ‘They cannot because they are overtaxed and they are continually required by the Government to carry a growing number of State-dependent New Zealanders.’
    • ‘The main objection is that Ireland's motorists are already grossly overtaxed due to the presence of vehicle registration tax.’
    • ‘We may be overtaxing you, but we know better than you how to spend your hard-earned wages.’
    • ‘Our families are struggling to cope, while this Government overtaxes them and wastes much of their money.’
    • ‘The report of the Childers Commission, arguing that Ireland had been systematically overtaxed under the union, led a section of unionist landlords to join nationalists in a campaign for financial concessions.’
    • ‘But the fact that there were no credits applying meant they were often overtaxed compared with people taxed at 33 percent.’
    • ‘The Finance Act, 2003, will allow any self-employed person who has been overtaxed to get interest on this money if the tax has not been repaid within six months.’
    • ‘The reality is that this Budget proposes to continue overtaxing hard-working New Zealand families and New Zealand businesses.’
    • ‘Their standard fairy tale is that millionaires are overtaxed and this acts as a drag on growth.’
    • ‘When we look at the legislation, which reaffirms the income tax rate for individuals, trusts, and companies, we want to ask not only why New Zealanders are overtaxed but where that tax money has gone.’
    • ‘He says that we are overtaxed compared to Australia.’
    • ‘The National Party keeps saying that this country is overtaxed and we need to slash tax rates to try to get more people to move to New Zealand while, at the same time, with every piece of Government expenditure they see, they want to spend more.’
    • ‘Air Malta and British Airways both say that they will refund the difference if someone has been overtaxed on tickets bought directly from them.’
    • ‘The rich take advantage of the poor, overtaxing us when you're in need of money or if we have too much money.’
    • ‘But the Government still refuses to do that for the income tax rate itself, and therefore continues to overtax New Zealanders - and to overtax them progressively more as each year goes by.’
    • ‘Overtaxing the people. - and overtaxing poor workers, in order to achieve that $5.6 billion surplus.’
    • ‘They're going to try to make the case that the average American is overtaxed and subsidizing the poor.’
    • ‘There is a theory in Economics called the Philips curve, which states that, if you overtax a nation beyond a certain point, the actual tax revenue will decline, as taxpayers will build up a resistance and compliance will decline rapidly.’
    • ‘Carry on working; we'll carry on overtaxing you, but there's nothing for you in this Budget.’
    weaken, make weak, make feeble, enfeeble, debilitate, enervate, sap, drain, tax, overtax, wash out, overtire, exhaust, weary, tire, tire out, fatigue, jade, wear out, prostrate, undermine, impair, render infirm, indispose, incapacitate, cripple, disable, paralyse, immobilize, lay low, put out of action
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  • 2Make excessive demands on (a person's strength, abilities, etc.):

    ‘do athletes overtax their hearts?’
    • ‘During Operation DESERT STORM, mass surrenders of enemy troops overtaxed the coalition's ability to provide medical services.’
    • ‘From day five to day 25, the software system triggered the lights to go off for nine hours a day, giving us plenty of time to keep eating but not so much that we would overtax our hearts or bones.’
    • ‘If you're too breathless to form complete sentences, you're exercising too hard and overtaxing your heart.’
    • ‘‘Don't even think about overtaxing yourself, because I'm not going down there to rescue you,’ Tybbeth shot back, opening one eye.’
    • ‘The scope of that venture overtaxed Soviet operational skill, and in the ensuing mêlée, the German commands gradually recovered their equilibrium.’
    • ‘It's a moderate-intensity workout that challenges your body without overtaxing it, so you improve your mood while increasing your confidence.’
    • ‘When they realize that they are overtaxing their bodies, they discontinue this practice and from then on will lift only as much as their bodies can safely bear.’
    • ‘Although rare in the general population, patients who somatise seem to represent a sizable population in general medical clinics, and they probably overuse and overtax the healthcare system.’
    • ‘I note that you mercifully didn't choose to overtax our abilities by describing this power rating as ‘four 50-watt domestic lightbulbs’.’
    • ‘Or perhaps it's that people are so overburdened and overtaxed by long commutes, long work hours, family demands, and worries over lack of healthcare that we don't have time to see the bigger picture?’
    • ‘By definition, disasters are life-threatening events that can overtax the ability of people to respond.’
    • ‘The company is so overtaxed trying to keep up with demand for the anti-viral drug that it plans to build a new plant in the United States.’
    • ‘Also, when immune cells are overtaxed, it may take less exercise than average to depress immune function.’
    • ‘We increased compression of the data to make it small enough so we didn't overtax the processor.’
    • ‘Capable as they are, Haen believes inspection systems may soon be overtaxed by demands for ever-tighter tolerances.’
    • ‘While overtaxed at work with the demands of a big project, Anna is also trying to deal with the emotional tidal waves at home from both Martin and Kathy.’
    • ‘In addition, gaining or losing weight too quickly can negatively impact health by overtaxing your body.’
    • ‘For this purpose disasters can be defined as external events that seriously overtax the ability of individuals and their communities to respond with the resources available.’
    • ‘But all of them either overtax the processing power of the servers at the gambling sites or jam up pipelines.’
    • ‘‘Smoke’ had the horsepower to keep the field in his rearview mirror at California, but the team must be more conservative in its gear selection to avoid overtaxing the engine.’
    strain, impose excessive strain on, overtax, stretch, overwork, overuse
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Pronunciation:

overtax

/əʊvəˈtaks/