Quick answer
"Levy" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "imponer", and "tax" is a noun which is often translated as "el impuesto". Learn more about the difference between "levy" and "tax" below.
levy
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to impose)
a. imponer (a fine or tax)
The government levied the company with a fine for late payment of VAT.El gobierno impuso una multa a la empresa por retraso en el pago del IVA.
b. gravar con (a tax)
Finland was the first country to levy a tax on carbon emissions.Finlandia fue el primer país en gravar las emisiones de carbono con un impuesto.
c. cobrar (a fee)
Lenders usually levy a fee for arranging a mortgage.Las entidades crediticias suelen cobrar una cierta cantidad por los trámites hipotecarios.
2. (to collect)
a. recaudar
This was a tax introduced by the state, but counties and municipalities were responsible for levying it.Se trataba de un impuesto introducido por el estado, pero eran los condados y los municipios los encargados de recaudarlo.
3.
A word or phrase that is no longer used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another era (e.g. thou).
(archaic)
(military)
a. reclutar
The king began levying troops for the war in France.El rey comenzó a reclutar soldados para la guerra en Francia.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (tax)
a. el impuesto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The increase in the levy on tobacco may encourage many people to quit smoking.Puede que el aumento del impuesto sobre el tabaco anime a mucha gente a dejar de fumar.
b. el gravamen
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Wines are subject to a levy of ten percent.Los vinos están sujetos a un gravamen del diez por ciento.
5. (act of levying)
a. la exacción
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The levy of the salt tax was carried out throughout the land.La exacción del impuesto sobre la sal se llevó a cabo en todo el país.
6.
A word or phrase that is no longer used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another era (e.g. thou).
(archaic)
(military)
a. la leva
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
King Edward used the levy to raise an army to defeat his enemies.El rey Eduardo recurrió a la leva para formar un ejército y derrotar a sus enemigos.
b. el reclutamiento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A compulsory levy was imposed for all men over 18.Se decretó el reclutamiento forzoso de todos los hombres mayores de 18 años.
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tax(
tahks
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (finance)
a. el impuesto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There is a 50% tax on imported footwear.Hay un impuesto de 50% sobre el calzado importado.
b. el tributo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
All motor vehicles must pay a tax for the right to drive on the streets.Todos los vehículos a motor deben pagar un tributo por el derecho de circular en la calle.
2. (strain)
a. la carga
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
All this bureaucracy is a real tax on our teachers.Toda esta burocracia es una verdadera carga para nuestros profesores.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (finance)
a. gravar
Under the regulations of the tax reform, food and medicines are taxed at five percent.Bajo los reglamentos de la reforma fiscal, la comida y los alimentos se gravan al cinco por ciento.
b. cobrar impuestos
The city taxes tourists by charging a bed tax in its hotels.La ciudad cobra impuestos a los turistas mediante un impuesto de cama en sus hoteles.
c. tasar
Local government can decide how and how much to tax its citizens in some countries.El gobierno local puede decidir cómo y cuánto tasar a sus ciudadanos en algunos países.
4. (to strain)
a. poner a prueba
The 200 days a year I spend traveling for business tax my marriage.Los 200 días al año que paso viajando por negocios pone a prueba mi matrimonio.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
5. (finance)
a. fiscal
There are few tax incentives left for married couples.Quedan pocos incentivos fiscales para matrimonios.
b. tributario
The tax system doesn't offer much support to self-employed people.El sistema tributario no ofrece mucho apoyo a los autónomos.
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