Contribution Law and Legal Definition

Contribution is subject to different meanings. In one sense, it refers to a payment to a fund, such as a charitable contribution to a benevolent society. It may also refer to a payment of a share of an amount for which one is liable, such as a shared payment of a judgment by joint tortfeasors, often according to proportional fault. However, when more than one person is found at fault for an injury, the court may hold them equally responsible for payment of damages.

Contributions are voluntary gifts or money contributed for supporting the government, or charitable and public service organizations. Usually, the contributors enjoy tax advantages. Contributions arise from persons on account of their real or personal property, or which are imposed upon their industry. Contributions can be laid on and paid by real estate without regard to its owner. It can also be those to which personal property is subject, in its transmission from hand to hand, without regard to the owner. Contributions also mean money forcibly levied by a belligerent in a hostile country which he occupies.