(taxation) The principle that taxes should vary according to an individual's level of wealth or income.
Progressive taxes attempt to reduce the tax burden of people with a lower ability-to-pay.
Ability-to-pay Sentence Examples
Along with this view has arisen the question whether the burden of taxation should not be progressive - the proportion of the sum taken by the state from the tax-payers increasing with the wealth of the individual; because ability to pay taxes is assumed to be not in proportion to, but to increase with the size of, the income.
grammar school pupils were selected entirely on their ability, not on their ability to pay.
according to need not ability to pay retains today its enduring appeal.
hypothetical tenant in an ability to pay scenario is likely to have no profit motive.