Taxation equals theft. A new debate seems to be picking up momentum in the city courtesy a graffiti campaign being run by Jaimine. Citizens will agree to the sentiment that we should pay taxes only when in return the government ensures we live good quality of life. That is why living in a city that is always messed up with worst civic amenities, dug up roads to issues as big as unemployment, citizens question where are their taxes going. These questions are being raised today more than ever before as more platforms to express opinions and question have become accessible to citizens due to social media and digital revolution. It is in this backdrop that Jaimine has started his campaign.
Almost invariably, governments pass tax laws and set tax rates without any consultation with the citizenry. Further, no final approval is sought by the citizenry that they consent to the tax or the rates. It is simply imposed. And since the return on taxes does not reflect in a common man’s lives, most tend to regard taxation as theft. He says that he chose graffiti, a form of art to create awareness on his campaign. Jaimine adds that just like voting is done every 5 years, there should be a similar voting process between voters and government to decide where taxes should be spent through a democratic process.
Jaimine says that the challenge is transformation of mindsets. He asserts only if mindset changes, then nation will change. And the general opinion of the public, unaware of the campaign, is no different. They say it is the onus of the government to inform tax payers where their money is spent.
Taxation is theft, is gaining voice and popularity in developed countries. If such campaigns gain strength in India as well, it will make citizens trust the government. At the same time it will boost the confidence of the tax-payers and boost revenue from taxes. Bureau report – NMTV News.