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Takeover Bid: When one company tries to take control of another company by purchasing all outstanding stock. Takeover bids are sometimes attempted when a company's stock are performing poorly and others see a way to drive prices up by either ousting current management or selling off portions of the company to make it more profitable.

Tariffs: A list of duties or taxes placed on articles of merchandise. Tariffs are usually paid on goods that are imported or exported.

Tax: An assessment on individuals, companies, real estate, wages or other income, and goods and services, for the financing of government, governmental services, the infrastructure, and social programs.

Tax Exempt: Usually refers to anything that is free from taxation by the federal, state, or local governments. Tax exemption may occur for all taxing agencies or by one or more.

Tax Evasion: An unlawful act designating criminal fraud in which a taxpayer deliberately understates taxable income or overstates deductions or credits for the explicit purpose of avoiding paying taxes.

Tax Lien: An involuntary encumbrance put on real estate, bank accounts, and/or other assets for the non-payment of income or property taxes.

Tax Shelters: The means to reduce or to eliminate tax liabilities by the use of applicable credits or other deductions.

Tenancy In Common: A means of taking title of joint ownership of property by two or more individuals, without the rights of survivorship. Each individuals have equal shares of the property but if one owner dies, his or her shares go to their heirs or named beneficiaries and not to the other owners.

Timeshare: Ownership in property that gives rights of use for specific times during the year. Timeshares are purchased in condominiums or other property that may have as many as fifty owners or more.

Title: The ownership, or the legal rights to possess or dispose of property, usually proven by deed or other evidence.

Title Insurance: An insurance taken on property to protect the owner against defects that may have been overlooked or hidden in the chain of title.

Treasury Bill (T-bill): Short term investment security that is issued by the U.S. Treasury and have maturity dates of one year or less. T-bills are purchased at less than face value which gives the investor the difference between the price paid and the value at maturity.

Truth In Lending Act: A law passed by Congress in 1969 that requires the disclosure of certain terms when extending credit to borrowers, such as how finance charges are computed, the finance charge expressed as an annual percentage rate, and other terms and conditions.

Trust Account: A name given to accounts that are set up to handle funds or other assets in which a trustee is given legal title, with a fiduciary obligation, to use the property for the benefit of the beneficiaries.

Trustee: The person or corporation who is appointed to manage the assets in a trust and to safeguard the interests of the beneficiary. A trustee does not share profits from the trust but may charge a reasonable fee for services rendered.

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