Countries that are facing population ageing should encourage immigration. An aging population means that there are more retired people and there are fewer people working and paying taxes. As a result, working adults need to pay more taxes to the government. If more people immigrate to these countries, there will be a larger working population and the taxes they pay can be used on the health care system and to improve the infrastructures in these countries.

Is the use of on correct in the above sentence?

I wrote this so there is no source for it.

  • Suggestion: Would you please add the source? – Cardinal Oct 1 '16 at 9:55
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    For is better. On is idiomatic but not a very good idiom. – Mick Oct 1 '16 at 9:56
  • @Cardinal Sorry, I should have that I wrote it. – EmmaXL Oct 1 '16 at 10:21
  • Typo: you mean to say "if more people immigrate" and "the taxes they pay" or have paid – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 1 '16 at 11:47

If you ent to keep your sentence as it is, "taxes used for" is the more natural expression. Taxes used on would be understood but would be a less common choice:

Ngram taxes used on vs taxes used for

From Taxes Information:

  • What are these taxes used for and how are they collected? Answer—Federal income taxes provide operating funds for various programs and services...

From Earth at crossroads:

  • Some of the taxes used for financing the system are: carbon tax (on fossil fuels), nitrogen tax (to encourage efficient use of fertilizers and use of nitr
  • Thank you! I don't have to keep it as it is, what are some other ways to express this meaning? – EmmaXL Oct 1 '16 at 11:06
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    You can use spent on. That would be fine. – Mick Oct 1 '16 at 11:27
  • Nice avatar! But the username is a bit of a misnomer. :) – Mari-Lou A Oct 3 '16 at 8:17
  • @Mari-Lou A - I think it is in line with the spirit of the site:) – user5267 Oct 3 '16 at 9:14

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