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Meaning of direct tax

direct' tax'

Pronunciation: [key]
— Govt. Govt.
  1. a tax exacted directly from the persons who will bear the burden of it (without reimbursement to them at the expense of others), as a poll tax, a general property tax, or an income tax.
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