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Economic Definition of tax rate. Defined.

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Term tax rate Definition: The percent of the tax base that is collected as tax. The tax rate can be a flat, or proportional, rate, meaning it is a constant percent of the tax base regardless of the size or value of the base. Or the tax rate can change as the tax base changes. If the tax rate increases, the tax is progressive. If the tax rate decreases, the tax is regressive.


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