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stealth tax

Brit informal an indirect tax, such as that on fuel or pension funds, esp one of which people are unaware or that is felt to be unfair
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What I'm talking about is eliminating the hidden tax every consumer and business customer pays to local phone companies -- every minute of every phone call, every day," he said.
00 would have made it a hidden tax that all auto insurance customers in the state would eventually have to pay," Livingston added.
Failing to account for this hidden tax multiplier biases legislative decisions toward more costly policies, Conover charges.
Second, if this is truly a hidden tax on consumers as they claim, then the cost of goods available to consumers must decline by a rate comparable to the interchange fee the retailers would have paid.
Tory spokesman Michael Gove angrily denied that claim, saying there were no plans for hidden tax hikes and that savings can be found through efficiency drives and cutting "lavish" spending on bureaucrats.
Additional possible qualifications to the hidden tax story have
He said customs inefficiency imposed a significant hidden tax on consumers and traders and appreciated FBR for introducing PaCCS to facilitate the business community.
chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and a leader on health care reform, said, "As this report shows, that hidden tax will only continue to grow unless we do something about it.
The 114,000 uninsured Oregon kids will continue to get health care from emergency rooms on the taxpayers' dime, and tobacco-related illness will continue to levy a hidden tax of $587 on every Oregon household, every year.
Darren Jones, of the city's Chamber of Commerce, said in yesterday's Telegraph that the increase looked like just another hidden tax on motorists.
Because consumers ultimately pay a slightly higher price for the taxed good, a VAT is essentially a hidden tax.