Surtax

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Surtax

An additional charge on an item that is already taxed.

A surtax is a tax on a tax. For example, if a person pays one hundred dollars of tax on one thousand dollars of income, a 5 percent surtax would amount to an additional five dollars.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The committee has also suggested that any changes be paid for using a combination of passenger surtaxes, existing airline fees and taxes.