regressive tax
1. A *taxation system in which *tax rates decrease with higher levels of taxable income. Contrast *progressive tax. 2. A *taxation system which is considered to favor the wealthy and cause hardship to poorer individuals. For example, a taxation regime that derives a large proportion of its revenues from *sales taxes may be described as regressive, in that the burden of sales taxes falls most heavily on poorer individuals.

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