Definition of stealth tax in English:

stealth tax


  • A form of taxation levied in a covert or indirect manner.

    • ‘As many salaries are rising faster than this, more people will enter the top tax bracket - fiscal drag in operation and a classic stealth tax.’
    • ‘Council tax increases have also proved a classic stealth tax.’
    • ‘The stealth tax on dividend payments to pension funds netted £5 billion in its first year, but compounded this works out at about £100 billion.’
    • ‘Instead of a transparent carbon tax on the polluter, we have a stealth tax on the ordinary consumer.’
    • ‘The Conservative councillor for Bradshaw said the Labour controlled council had turned Council Tax into a stealth tax.’
    • ‘The latter is accomplished through higher state, federal, or municipal taxes or the use of the stealth tax.’
    • ‘The Government announced the latest stealth tax two days after one of it toughest budgets, which included an increase in Vehicle Registration Tax and a 3c hike in diesel.’
    • ‘The Conservative leader is much exercised by the notion that New Labour has raised the stealth tax burden to £10.8 billion, or some such figure.’
    • ‘This is just another stealth tax, they have put petrol up, road tax has gone through the roof, this is the latest way of hitting the motorist in the pocket.’
    • ‘The key term was fiscal neutrality - it paid its own way and was not a stealth tax.’
    • ‘It also assumes that nothing is done to reform the alternative minimum tax, which amounts to a stealth tax increase.’
    • ‘People would not object to paying the costs of providing the parking, but when it becomes a stealth tax added to the council tax, it undermines other services.’
    • ‘Age, like a clever stealth tax, creeps up on you in the way once recommended by foot pads and press gangs.’
    • ‘Furthermore, pensioners should remember that Brown robbed them of £5 billion of their pension funds, when he imposed his stealth tax on pension tax relief.’
    • ‘Private pensions have been buffeted by the stock-market slump (and by the Chancellor's £5 billion a year stealth tax on private pension dividends).’
    • ‘This stealth tax is in addition to the €2,380 every Irish motorist pays on average each year in car-related taxes to stay on the road.’
    • ‘It just shows how the council tax has been used by Labour as a stealth tax to reduce central government funding of local councils with pensioners and the low paid being penalised again.’
    • ‘Since council tax falls disproportionately heavily on less well-off households, many are calling this a stealth tax too far and are demanding that Whitehall increases its grants to local authorities.’
    • ‘In an economist's language this is a summer stealth tax on the poor for they are the only ones who will notice it in their weekly budget.’
    • ‘This is the hidden agenda, to make congestion and introduce a stealth tax.’


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