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English definition of “excise duty”

excise duty

noun [C or U]     UK ( US excise tax) TAX
a tax on some types of goods such as alcohol , cigarettes , or petrol paid to a national or state government : excise duty/tax on sth a 5% excise duty on cigarettes Motorists can save about two thirds of the vehicle excise duty by choosing a cleaner car . Spending on the program will be paid for by raising the federal excise tax on tobacco .
(Definition of excise duty noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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