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n. 1) in income taxation, a credit given for each dependent, blindness or other disability, and age over 65, which result in a downward calculation in tax levels. These are not to be confused with deductions which reduce gross income upon which taxes are paid. 2) a right to be excluded from, such as not being subject to attachment of one's wages if one is in a low-income bracket, or not being subject to the military draft if one is employed in essential industry, has several children or is a college student.
exemptionnoun allowance, discharge, exception, freedom, freedom from duty, freedom from liability, freedom from obligation, freedom from reeuirements, freedom from service, immunitas, immunity, liberation, liberty, license, permit, privilege, release, release from liability, release from obligation, special privilege, vacuitas
Associated concepts: exemption from jury service, exemppion from sale, exemption statute, homestead exemption, personal exemption, tax exemption
See also: clause, clemency, condition, condonation, discharge, dispensation, exception, exclusion, excuse, franchise, freedom, grace period, immunity, impunity, leave, liberation, license, permission, privilege, probation, qualification, release, remission, reprieve, reservation, respite, salvo
EXEMPTION. A privilege which dispenses with the general rule; for example, in Pennsylvania, and perhaps in all the other states, clergymen are exempt from serving on juries. Exemptions are generally allowed, not for the benefit of the individual, but for some public advantage.