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Progressive Tax

A tax that tends to take a smaller percentage of the incomes of lower income citizens compared to the percentage it takes of the incomes of wealthier citizens.

(Dr. Paul M. Johnson. A Glossary of Political Economy Terms. http://www.auburn.edu/~johnspm/gloss/progressive_tax)

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Example: an income tax with steeper rates for those in higher income brackets, or a special sales tax levied only on expensive “luxuries” like yachts or jewelry.

     

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