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    Why One tax?

    Why One tax?


    India Tax Payer has been spearheading this movement for one tax for the entire government. In order to understand why one tax, we need to first appreciate why we have something called as tax.

    Tax is the means of funding to Government objectives.
    A short definition. But pretty appropriate. In the beginning, tax was simple and straight. Just did not require so many forms to file a tax return! Indian taxation during pre-British period was simple. One sixth of what you make goes to the government. Things were simple and easy for the poor tax payer. And there was but one single Tax to be paid.
    Governments became complicated. They wanted to support some and oppose others. So they taxed all those people they were not getting along well. It could be some products that they did not want to encourage; some products they wanted to encourage. They taxed those products that affected the livelihood of people. These were all mostly positive taxes helping equality in society. Of course, there were others that were meant to discourage people whom the Governments did not like. This could be religion, location and may have many other basis; based on mere fancies of the ruler.
    So slowly and steadily, the Governments in their complexity, followed the Parkinson's law of complicating things as time passes. As Einstein once said, "The hardest thing to understand in the world is the Income Tax", taxes grew so complex that you needed tax specialists to understand, implement, collect, bargain and at the end of it, litigate!
    When Governments moved from monarchies and anarchies to more people friendly democracies, tax reforms were a part of the exercise. People wanted it to be simple and straight, so that even a common man can understand what he has to pay. Tax laws with minimal or no ambiguity was sought after. And therefore, every country that was interested in easing the life of its people, ushered in Unified Tax Codes and Tax Payers Bill Of Rights. To Read More