What is the difference between subsidy and tax?

subsidy | tax | Antonyms |

Tax is an antonym of subsidy.

Subsidy is an antonym of tax.


As nouns the difference between subsidy and tax

is that subsidy is financial support or assistance, such as a grant while tax is money paid to the government other than for transaction-specific goods and services.

As a verb tax is

to impose and collect a tax from (a person).

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

subsidy

Noun

(subsidies)
  • Financial support or assistance, such as a grant.
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  • , title= Keeping the mighty honest , passage=British journalists shun complete respectability, feeling a duty to be ready to savage the mighty, or rummage through their bins. Elsewhere in Europe, government contracts and subsidies ensure that press barons will only defy the mighty so far.}}
  • (dated) Money granted by parliament to the British Crown.
  • Antonyms

    * tax

    tax

    English

    (wikipedia tax)

    Noun

  • Money paid to the government other than for transaction-specific goods and services.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-05-17
  • , author=George Monbiot, authorlink=George Monbiot , title=Money just makes the rich suffer , volume=188, issue=23, page=19 , magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) citation , passage=In order to grant the rich these pleasures, the social contract is reconfigured. […]  Essential public services are cut so that the rich may pay less tax . The public realm is privatised, the regulations restraining the ultra-wealthy and the companies they control are abandoned, and Edwardian levels of inequality are almost fetishised.}}
  • A burdensome demand.
  • a heavy tax on time or health
  • A task exacted from one who is under control; a contribution or service, the rendering of which is imposed upon a subject.
  • (obsolete) charge; censure
  • (Clarendon)
  • (obsolete) A lesson to be learned.
  • (Johnson)

    Synonyms

    * (money paid to government) impost, tribute, contribution, duty, toll, rate, assessment. exaction, custom, demand, levy

    Antonyms

    * (money paid to government) subsidy

    Hyponyms

    (types of taxes) * church tax * corporation tax * duty * estate tax * excise * excise tax * gift tax * goods and services tax * gross receipts tax * head tax * income tax * inheritance tax * land tax * poll tax * property tax * personal property tax * real property tax * sales tax * sin tax * sumptuary tax * transfer tax * use tax * utilities tax * value added tax

    Coordinate terms

    (other government revenues) * fine * license fee * penalty * seignorage * user charge

    Derived terms

    * tax collector * tax haven * tax hike * taxman * tax free * tax rise * taxes due * taxpayer

    Verb

    (es)
  • To impose and collect a tax from (a person).
  • Some think to tax the wealthy is the fairest.
  • To impose and collect a tax on (something).
  • Some think to tax wealth is destructive of a private sector.
  • To make excessive demands on.
  • * Do not tax my patience.
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  • Derived terms

    * taxable * taxation