Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Don't Want to Pay Taxes ?



An interview in Hindustan Times ( 02 March 2016 ) quotes Shri Jayant Sinha ( Minister of State for Finance ) as follows :


" People in India don't want to pay taxes .

In many societies, people recognize that you have to have a level of taxation for society to flourish

India's top tax rate now is 35 % for the super rich , which is very much on the low side

In the US, depending on the state , it is above 50% .

Our tax to GDP ratio is 16-17% , China has 21-22% , while the US has 25%.

 The OECD average is 35% 
  
That is why we are not able to provide the public services people need


We don't have enough resources . 


The citizens have to decide the kind of society they want  "


HT report also mentions that Shri Sinha is an MBA from Harvard and also headed a consulting firm before becoming a Minister . 


So , we must pay attention to his views


Especially , his view that " People in India don't want to pay taxes "


But if he were to ask these people , " Why don't you want to pay taxes ? " , they would tell him :


Sir , for all the taxes that we patiently paid for past 68 years , what public services have we got  ?


Sure , you ( NDA / BJP ) may not be responsible for the TRILLIONS of tax rupees that the Establishment and the corrupt politicians pocketed over these years ,


But then , don't blame us for having lost ALL faith in  government's ability to use our tax money for delivering any worthwhile public service !


Will you please care to also compare the public services that people in those other countries get from their respective governments , with the service that we get in India ?


Your comment that we don't " want to pay taxes " , comes as an insult . We feel like crying at this humiliation !


We wish , you were a little more charitable !


At least as charitable as you have been to those hundreds of rich people who are enjoying their holidays in Europe while defaulting on repayment of Rs 4 lakh*crores worth of loans !


If Bapu were around , he would have launched a " Satyagraha " and told people NOT to pay taxes !


We would rather NOT pay taxes and use that money to get whatever service that we want, directly from non-government agencies in private unorganized sector - agencies ,


*  which we don't have to VOTE for 

*  over which we have total  CONTROL

*  with whom we can negotiate the  QUALITY / QUANTITY / DELIVERY TIME / PRICE of service that we expect

*  which we can  SACK  at will at short notice

*  whom we pay , " AFTER " the delivery of DESIRED service


Dear Shri Sinha :

Just abolish Personal Income Tax and let us fend for ourselves  !

We will be happy to start paying income tax once again , if public services reach even 50 % of what the government of US delivers to its citizens  !


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hemenparekh.in / blogs


02 March  2016

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