Tax

“It is difficult to understand what income tax is”. This is not my statement. I understand what income-tax is but the person who was able to prove that time is relative, could not understand income-tax. When I think about this I feel proud because I am able to understand something which he could not. Ha-ha hi-hi he-he ho-ho.
If we try to understand income-tax by comparing it with taxes on alcohol, tobacco etc. it becomes complicated. Many governments impose tax on the above mentioned items to encourage their citizens to abstain from consuming those health-hazardous substances. Similarly there is entertainment tax, paid by movie goers for those movies which are not considered to be ‘educational’ by the authority. I think there could be tax slabs for movies. More the ‘adult-content’ and ‘violence’ more tax need to be paid.
In spite of the fact that every government wants to increase its tax base by taxing non-essential and/or entertaining things but the biggest entertainment of all time is still not taxable. The only country which implemented it successfully was China. There was a time when a couple was fined for having more than one child. Probably the idea was ‘having too much of entertainment is not good’. However that rule is slightly relaxed now in other words ‘it is okay to enjoy a little more’.
Sometimes I think that if my father could ever become the finance minister of our country he would have come up with some ‘never-thought-before’ tax ideas. I am listing them in the descending order of their priorities.
Loose motion tax – He always believed that it is the ‘disease of the fools’. It is only when a person eats in a thoughtless manner he or she suffers from it. But every single time my father had attended a social function like marriage or child birth he suffered from it. If you could recall the scene from the movie ‘The day the earth stood still’ in which the astrobiologist was being escorted to the disaster-control center and the only car on the high way was the car in which she was being escorted, similarly the passage between my father’s bedroom and the toilet, which was about twenty feet long, was kept completely clean and dry.
‘Being late’ tax – Almost every Sunday my father and few other people in our village who were of his age met to discuss about how to improve the locality. Generally the meetings were schedule in the afternoon at four. Since my father was a strict adherent of ‘British rules’ he always reported on time but others were always late by half an hour or even more. He never hesitated to criticize others for coming late. But in spite of his repeated criticism habit of others did not change.
Talking too much tax – “Besi kotha bolle dine dine boka hoye jabe” (if you talk too much you will become a stupid) was his advice to his eldest son who had the habit of glorifying to his younger siblings about his heroic actions like – riding his bicycle at an unbelievable speed while keeping his both hands free, how he ate a live fish and digested it, how he fell from a tree but did not damage any of his vital organ &c. His list was endless and his younger siblings used to listen with a great deal of skepticism till he was interrupted with the above mentioned advice by his father. The advice always made him feel very sad and his younger siblings very happy.

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