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ahead of schedule

Earlier than a given deadline. Since the contractor and his crew completed the renovations ahead of schedule, we were able to move into the house before winter arrived. Repaying your loan ahead of schedule will save you money in the long term by reducing the amount of interest you'll have to pay.
See also: ahead, of, schedule

behind schedule

Not having progressed as much as is necessary to meet a particular deadline. I'm so far behind schedule that I'll never get this report done by Friday. Thanks to the flu, I'm now behind schedule in my party preparations.
See also: behind, schedule

on schedule

Proceeding within the expected or planned schedule or timetable; neither late nor early. We're still on schedule to arrive at 09:30. What's status of the project? Are you all still on schedule?
See also: on, schedule

slated to (do something)

Scheduled or organized to do or participate in something. A: "How about dinner on Saturday?" B: "Our band is slated to be in Portland for a gig that night. Maybe the week after?" The famous magician has been slated to appear in events around the country for the next six months.
See also: slate, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*ahead of schedule

Fig. having done something before the time given on a schedule or before the expected time. (*Typically: be ~; finish ~.) I want to be able to finish the job ahead of schedule.
See also: ahead, of, schedule

*behind schedule

having failed to do something by the appointed time, especially the time given on a written plan. (*Typically: be ~; fall ~; get ~.) We have to hurry and finish soon or we will fall behind schedule. The project is behind schedule by six months.
See also: behind, schedule

on schedule

at the expected or desired time. The plane came in right on schedule. Things have to happen on schedule in a theatrical performance.
See also: on, schedule

slated to do something scheduled to do something

. (*Typically: be ~; have someone ~.) Mary is slated to go to Washington in the fall. We are slated to leave in November.
See also: schedule, slate, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

on schedule

At the announced or expected time, as in Her first baby arrived right on schedule. Originally alluding to published railroad timetables, this expression dates from the late 1800s.
See also: on, schedule
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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A broad basketing or schedular system limited to corporate tax
(1998) ("Schedular systems consist of a series of different taxes,
(25.) By contrast, in a "schedular" tax system, income
("Schedular taxation gives nations the option of being highly
schedular taxation to tax different income at different rates.
This approach is understandable given that all of these countries principally relied on schedular impersonal taxes levied on a source basis.
As Picciotto notes, Draft I 'suited only states which accepted the distinction between personal and real taxes.' (45) The 1927 Technical Experts Report had envisaged that their model could also be used where the residence country had a personal tax while the source country levied schedular impersonal taxes.
By contrast, Convention No IC, which was designed for use in the situation where one country used a global personal tax while the other used a schedular system that included impersonal taxes, (52) gave the source country the exclusive right to tax income from immoveable property and the business profits of a permanent establishment but also permitted the source country to tax income from loans and shares.
Treaties entered into by continental European countries after 1928 but prior to the Second World War, where one country distinguished between personal and impersonal taxes while the other did not, continued to adopt a schedular approach to the allocation of taxing rights under which rights to tax particular classes of income, including the personal tax, were exclusively allocated to either the source or residence state.
Although these treaties adopt a schedular approach to the allocation of taxing rights, they do not distinguish between personal and impersonal taxes.
In the benchmark schedular system, gross income and deductible expenses are determined separately for each type of income....
The global approach of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth) also contrasts with the United Kingdom income tax statute, (131) which has for most of its history been schedular rather than global in nature.
However, this does not mean that the schedular approach in Newsom should apply in a situation involving travel from one place of work or business to another under Australian tax law.
Having said this, it is perhaps not as clear now as it was in 1895 that Australia has a global rather than a schedular income tax.
Furthermore, while various statutory provisions of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth) and the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth) have expanded the reach of income to include capital gains and other items, in more recent changes the statute itself appears to be becoming more schedular. The source-based judicial notion of `ordinary income' has now been explicitly acknowledged and established in s 6-5(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth) which includes only `income according to ordinary concepts' in the assessable income of a taxpayer.