A Google search for "nonexempt" returns a lot of results regarding employees and overtime pay.

However, I did find this word defined in a dictionary, independent of the overtime pay discussion, for example:

Subject to an obligation, duty, or liability, especially subject to taxation. The Free Dictionary

Now, I have a situation where a certain tenant may be exempt from a common area maintenance charge, and I want to express that others are nonexempt. This is a one word formulation that spares me from saying "obligated to pay" or "subject to the payment" (because saying just "obligated" and "subject" seem insufficient).

Can I say nonexempt in this context? As in:

Show all rented and nonexempt properties.

  • Non-exempt is fine but it should probably be hyphenated.
    – Mick
    Sep 27, 2016 at 7:39
  • You are making an exception for some tenants by waiving these charges for them or in other words, they are exempt from these charges. That's how it's usually mentioned. I don't know if you have any specific reason to negate it and say it the other way round. Do you? Sep 27, 2016 at 8:04
  • @alwayslearning, yes, it's understood that by default they must pay the charges, but I'm working with a software interface where both states need to have a descriptive term.
    – DAE
    Sep 27, 2016 at 8:06
  • You should not use "nonexempt" unless the context is such that the reader will understand "exempt from what?". Eg, it could easily mean exempt from certain housing regulations.
    – Hot Licks
    Sep 27, 2016 at 12:47

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Perhaps, chargeable works here in place of nonexempt.


chargeable adjective

2:  liable to be charged: as

b :  suitable to be charged to a particular account

The business lunch was chargeable to the company.


chargeable ADJECTIVE

Example sentence:

‘Yes, you will be chargeable to capital gains on the gift, subject to your current annual exemption allowance of #7100 if the gift is made in this current tax year.’

  • hmmm...your example uses a lunch as the topic. But clearly the lunch isn't the one paying, rather being payed for. I need to express that the tenant is required to pay.
    – DAE
    Sep 27, 2016 at 8:47

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