Black tax really takes the cake

2016-06-15 06:00

A FAMILY is a wonderful thing and one is blessed to have people who will stand in your corner through hard and good times. However, we as black people have been living with all different kinds of taxes and one that seems to take the cake is black tax.

This kind of tax is above the inflation rate and collection is unpredictable. If you don’t have the guts to address it, then you will be taxed for life and this will affect your pension, UIF and bonus. I mean, sometimes I ask whether our elders are aware that we have to start our lives from nothing and build from the little opportunities we have.

The collectors of this tax are so efficient and the South African Revenue Service (Sars) can’t even compete, as emotional blackmail is the modus operandi and random family meetings will be held to address your sudden drop in contributions.

You will be interrogated and should you not divulge all your expenses, you run the risk of being disowned or, worse, becoming the topic at all family gatherings where the drunken uncle will constantly remind you of your actions.

I sometimes wonder if this is because of our underprivileged past or greed. I guess it’s a conundrum and only the high officials of this black tax will be in a good position to state their views. However, I feel one shouldn’t be forced to contribute and it should come from the heart and that way it means so much more.

Maybe I should start a union for black tax victims and also charge a fee.

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