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Would this work in North America?

by JP Bill / April 5, 2005 4:48 AM PDT
Drummers punish, coerce tax evaders

HYDERABAD, India (AP) - Tax authorities in southern India have found a new way to handle tax evaders: sending teams of traditional drummers to noisily pound away outside their homes or shops until they pay up.

Tax officials in Andhra Pradesh state's Rajahmundry city said Thursday they had recovered three-fourths of the 50 million rupees, the equivalent of about $1.2 million US, owed by people there after sending drummers to the doors of tax cheats. The sense of shame evoked by the racket was enough to make most people come out and pay, said T.S.R. Anjenayalu, a Rajahmundry administrative official.

Probably for "small time" evaders.
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I know what would work on me
by Josh K / April 5, 2005 4:59 AM PDT

Huge speakers blasting Celine Dion's music into my house. I'd pay up so fast they'd get paper cuts from the check.

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There is...
by Angeline Booher / April 5, 2005 5:16 AM PDT

.... a toll free number for folks here to call to report tax cheats.

In this morning's discussion of that on TV, it was said that most of the calls they get is just from those who are mad at a neighbor, etc. Very few are actually valid. The "ratter" is rewarded a percentage of the amount due.

Enjoyed your article! If it works for them, why not?


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it depends
by Mark5019 / April 5, 2005 6:01 AM PDT

if they were outside my apt building id have a cop here in a min as its desturbing the peace.

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by Chorus-Line A1-QMS / April 5, 2005 6:27 AM PDT

because the drummers will be sued for "DISTRUPTION" or something. Besides the North American System is far efficient. Wink We have in Canada for example Federal(GST) and Provincial Tax Auditors who goes around checking questionable bookeeping records. However, people still has a way of going around not paying their taxes if their smarty (cunning) enough.

...grey market, is just one of the example.

In South East Asia, Asia and other parts of the world, it is more difficult to track outgoing expenditures and incoming revenues because people are so used to paying cash for almost everything. Many do not deposit their money --- stashed away in some part of their houses or some Swish Bank Account...blah blah. However, slowly, the system is changing.


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It worked in Panama on Noriega.
by Jerry562 / April 5, 2005 10:54 AM PDT

I think they used Rock n' Roll. Happy At the local Mall there is a nice entrance by the food court. The punks hanging there got to be a problem, they play long hair now. It worked/works.

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I like this idea. But you'd need a pretty large drum corps
by Ziks511 / April 5, 2005 12:25 PM PDT

to persuade corporations to ante up their share.

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