apportion
   to allocate components of a purchase price in a single transaction so as to evade tax
   There is a narrow and ill-defined line between tax evasion (which is illegal) and tax avoidance (which isn't):
    If... he officially paid a lower price which was beneath the higher rate threshold, and made up the difference by appearing to buy 'fixtures and fittings' for cash, then he would have been guilty of 'apportioning'. (Daily Telegraph, 17 August 1999, reporting on the British minister Peter Mandelson's dealings in real estate)

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  • apportion — ap‧por‧tion [əˈpɔːʆn ǁ ɔːr ] verb [transitive] formal to divide and share something between a number of people or organizations: apportion something to/​amongst/​between • a scheme which will apportion shares in state enterprises to the general… …   Financial and business terms

  • apportion — 1 allocate, *allot, assign Analogous words: *distribute, divide, dispense, deal, dole: *share, participate, partake Contrasted words: *gather, collect, assemble: consolidate, concentrate, *compact 2 …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Apportion — Ap*por tion, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Apportioned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Apportioning}.] [OF. apportionner, LL. apportionare, fr. L. ad + portio. See {Portion}.] To divide and assign in just proportion; to divide and distribute proportionally; to portion …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apportion — ap·por·tion /ə pȯr shən/ vt: to make a usu. proportionate division or distribution of (an amount due) according to a plan: as a: to divide (an amount due in tax or other liability) among the parties responsible for respective shares of the… …   Law dictionary

  • apportion — (v.) 1570s, from M.Fr. apportionner, from O.Fr. aporcioner apportion, share out, from a to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + portioner to divide into portions, from portion share, portion (see PORTION (Cf. portion)). Related: Apportioned …   Etymology dictionary

  • apportion — [v] divide into shares accord, admeasure, administer, allocate, allot, assign, bestow, cut, cut up, deal, dispense, distribute, divvy, divvy up, dole out, give, lot, measure, mete, parcel, part, partition, piece up, prorate, ration, slice, split …   New thesaurus

  • apportion — ► VERB ▪ share out; assign. DERIVATIVES apportionment noun. ORIGIN Latin apportionare, from portionare divide into portions …   English terms dictionary

  • apportion — [ə pôr′shən] vt. [OFr apportionner: see AD & PORTION] to divide and distribute in shares according to a plan SYN. ALLOT …   English World dictionary

  • apportion — UK [əˈpɔː(r)ʃ(ə)n] / US [əˈpɔrʃ(ə)n] verb [transitive] Word forms apportion : present tense I/you/we/they apportion he/she/it apportions present participle apportioning past tense apportioned past participle apportioned formal 1) to divide… …   English dictionary

  • apportion — v. (D; tr.) to apportion among, between (the funds were apportioned among the various departments) * * * [ə pɔːʃ(ə)n] between (the funds were apportioned among the various departments) (D; tr.) to apportion among …   Combinatory dictionary

  • apportion — ap|por|tion [əˈpo:ʃən US o:r ] v [T] formal [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: apportionner, from portionner to portion ] to decide how something should be shared between various people ▪ It s not easy to apportion blame (=say who deserves to be …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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