One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tax on items considered undesirable or harmful, such as alcohol or tobacco.
- ‘For smokers and drinkers, sin tax has hit pockets particularly hard.’
- ‘As long as the sin taxes are rolling in, I say light up.’
- ‘Hasn't it been proven that so-called sin taxes against tobacco and alcohol have reduced consumption?’
- ‘His peaches are so sumptuous, fans say the fruit should either have a sin tax applied or be declared illegal.’
- ‘Any move to remove ATMs from pubs has been resisted strongly by rent-seeking industry lobbies and State governments living off sin taxes have passively acquiesced.’
- ‘It's a tax on the willing, a proverbial sin tax,’ similar to taxes on liquor or tobacco.’
- ‘While sin taxes aren't technically ‘general taxes,’ they still hit Washingtonians' pockets.’
- ‘He finds that whether the sin tax is binary or triangular, it has several harmful effects.’
- ‘The government must get it into their heads that customers shell out hard-earned money in restaurants towards greedy sin taxes.’
- ‘The alternative to cuts is to raise taxes, of course, but a majority of the legislatures polled favored only increases in sin taxes, on cigarettes, liquor and so on.’
- ‘Lawmakers are considering hiking so-called sin taxes on cigarettes and booze, although you've got to wonder how high the price of those things can go.’
- ‘With few exceptions, taxes were raised across the board (not simply income taxes but sales tax, fuel tax, and popular sin taxes).’
- ‘Whatever the tax rate is, it will go up because it's easier for the state to raise so-called sin taxes when the economy falls on hard times.’
- ‘Some critics of the proposed tax wonder whether it's a sin tax or a luxury tax.’
sin tax/ˈsin ˌtaks/
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