Define: Ad Valorem

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Definition: Ad Valorem

Quick Summary of Ad Valorem

In proportion to the estimated value of the goods or transaction concerned.

What is the dictionary definition of Ad Valorem?

Dictionary Definition

Latin: According To Value

Denotes a tax, duty or commission calculated as a percentage of the total invoice value of goods or services. VAT (Value Added Tax) is an Ad Valorem tax.


Examples of Ad Valorem in a sentence

Ad valorem duties are often levied on the basis of a product’s value.
An ad valorem tax is a tax based on the value of real estate or personal property.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Ad Valorem are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 6th July, 2019