Friday, June 29, 2007

Rise, salaried class

This rant on how the salaried class is taxed at source and bled dry reminded me of the angry reaction of a tax payer in the famous short story, “The Negotiable Cow” by A.P.Herbert in his book, “Uncommon Law”.

If you haven’t read the story, here’s the outline. The protagonist, Mr Haddock, after a long battle with the Collector of Taxes, was still asked to remit an amount of fifty-seven pounds. One fine morning, soon after, Mr. Haddock appeared at the Collector’s office and delivered a cow of mean looks, with these words stenciled in red on its body:

To the London and Literary Bank, Limited
Pay the Collector of Taxes, who is no gentleman, or Order, the sum of fifty seven pounds (and may he rot!) L 57/10/0
ALBERT HADDOCK

Haddock argued that the British law did not state that a cheque had to be made out only on paper and therefore any medium could be used. The cow was as good a negotiable instrument as any. The Court ruled in his favour.

So, here’s my proposal. If a million Indians wrote out ‘pay orders’ on a million cows for the tax amount that each of them owed the Govt. and sent these bovine cheques to the IT Dept, very soon they will be forced to abolish income tax. The plan sounds almost Gandhian in its simplicity.

So, rise ye salaried class. Don't be cowed down any longer

8 comments:

dipali said...

If only we 'cowed'.......

Usha said...

What a "cow" ardly act!
I wonder if Cows are considered negotiable instruments in India. Must check. if yes, I have a few scores to settle!

dame's diary said...

Is this an attempt to popularize filet mignon within the IT dept? ?

Ashu said...

Very interesting! But if it were to happen in India, we would spend most of our money in the court case!! Not worth the attempt i'd say :D

anonymouse said...

You could just pay the lawer another cow ;).

Raj said...

dipali, true..

usha, an ex-banker ought to know...

dame's diary: Or add to their dairy...

ashu, but worth a try. no?

anon : good idea

Usha said...

Ok, if you insist, it isn't.:)

Raj said...

usha, sigh, I will have to find other negotiable instruments to send the tax guys and also find alternate uses for the cow.