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A tax was a fee levied by a government that paid for public institutions and programs. It could be based on income, property ownership, purchases of goods or services, or licenses and permits. Although many civilizations levied taxes, there is no indication that it existed as part of the Federation's economy.

One supposed reason for his exile from Cardassia that Elim Garak told Doctor Julian Bashir was that he had failed to pay his taxes and had been punished by the Cardassian Finance Ministry. (DS9: "Improbable Cause")

In 2372, the Ferengi imposed a six percent tariff on woolen goods they traded with the Karemma, claiming that the tax was added to help offset the "lost income of Tarkalean sheep herders." (DS9: "Starship Down")

One of the reforms that Grand Nagus Zek instituted in the mid-2370s was the introduction of tax in the Ferengi Alliance. This progressive income tax was introduced to all areas of Ferengi life, as even bribes were made tax deductible. (DS9: "The Dogs of War")

Quark felt that the introduction of tax went against the "very spirit" of free enterprise, as that was why it was called "free". (DS9: "The Dogs of War")

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