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While digging through his old credit card bills,

This former

Bean counter

Discovered a special tax paid

On a utility charge

What word is that?

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    $\begingroup$ Those don't seem like spoilers - why are they hidden? Is there a way to solve this puzzle with only the visible text? $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    Dec 28, 2021 at 15:58
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    $\begingroup$ @bobble Looks like they are hidden to clue the answer based on how the solver must interact with the puzzle. $\endgroup$
    – Amoz
    Dec 28, 2021 at 17:35

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I think the concealed word is:

EXCAVATION

This former

'former' = EX

Bean counter

'Bean counter' = CA (Chartered Accountant)

Discovered a special tax paid

'a special tax' = VAT

On a utility charge

'charge' = ION (i.e. a charged particle, in Physics)

Note here also the link between 'utility' and 'electric' (hence, electric charge) - a deliberate choice of words from the OP to serve as an additional hint...

This would also explain:

the use of the synonym 'DIGGING' in the first line, and the idea inherent in the title that if you are excavating something, you have no idea what you will find beneath the surface until you turn it up!

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    $\begingroup$ Rirelguvat evtug. Nyfb V fahpx va "hgvyvgl" gurer gb zrna "ryrpgevpvgl" punetr. Whfg n fznyy pyhr. $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Dec 28, 2021 at 14:35

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