Exaction Law and Legal Definition

Exaction means an excessive or harsh demand of a reward or fee for an official service performed in the normal course of duty. Exaction is taking more fee or pay for the services than what law allows, under color of one’s office. The act of exacting money or the sum exacted is also called exaction.

The difference between extortion and exaction is that, under extortion the officer extorts more than his/her due, when something is due; under exaction, s/he exacts what is not due, when there is nothing due to him.