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Tax Poem by a former Tax Commissioner

  • 16 November 2011
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Here is a poem by a Retired Commissioner General of Inland Revenue of Sri Lanka. There is also an introduction to the Poem by some knowledgeable person, which is also very informative.
This poem has been doing rounds on the internet and email circuit for years. But it is worth reading again and again to remind ourselves of the Taxes being added on to us almost every year,after every budget.

The Tax Poem by Mr. O.M Weerasooiya

(Mr. OM Weerasooiya is a Retired Commissioner General of Inland Revenue and a Corporate Member of Sri Lanka Institute of taxation and former Treasurer of Netherlands Alumni Association of Lanka.)
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A personal note:

Mr. O M Weerasooriya has done a wonderful job by writing this poem but there is something that we would like you to know.

A Developed country will collect 20 to 35% as taxes in this world.
A Developing country will collect 35 to 42.5% as taxes.

Today Sri Lanka collects 63% as taxes. Every 100 rupees you earn 63
rupees will go back to the government as taxes.
This means Sri Lanka is heading for disaster like Zimbabwe who collects a whopping 88% as taxes.

Support somebody who could change this at least to a developing level.
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The Tax Poem

Tax his land, tax his bed,
Tax the table at which he’s fed.
Tax his tractor, tax his mule,
Tax his cow, tax his goat,
Teach him taxes are the rule.

Tax his work, Tax his pay,
He works for peanuts Anyway!
Tax his pants, Tax his coat.
Tax his ties, tax his shirt,
Tax his work, tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco, tax his drink,
Tax him if he tries to think.
Tax his cigars, Tax his beers,
If he cries tax his tears.
Tax his car, Tax his gas,
Find other ways to tax his ass.

Tax all he has, then let him know
That you won’t be done, till he has no dough
When he screams and hollers;
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till he’s good and sore.

Then tax his coffin, Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in which he’s laid.
Put these words upon his tomb,
‘Taxes drove me to my doom…’

When he’s gone, do not relax,
Its time to ap ply the inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax, Airline surcharge tax
Airline Fuel Tax, Airport Maintenance Tax
Building Permit Tax, Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax, Death Tax
Dog License Tax, Driving Permit Tax
Excise Taxes, Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment (UI), Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax, Petrol Tax (too much per liter)
Gross Receipts Tax, Health Tax
Hunting License Tax, Hydro Tax, Inheritance Tax
Interest Tax, Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes, Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax, Mortgage Tax
Personal Income Tax, Property Tax
Poverty Tax, Prescription Drug Tax
Provincial Income Tax, Real Estate Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax, Retail Sales Tax
Service Charge Tax, School Tax
Telephone Tax, Telephone, Provincial and Local Surcharge Taxes
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax, Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax, Water Tax, Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax, Workers Compensation Tax
Entertainment Tax, Tourism Promotion Tax
Value Added Tax……..

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our Nation was one of the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt, had a large middle-class and Mom stayed home to raise the kids. What in the hell happened?
Can you spell ‘Politicians’?

 


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