Taxes are the backbone of any country’s development and economic system. For a country like Pakistan, the importance of taxation becomes more important as it runs on taxes as well as external debt. When the state collects taxes from the people, it promises many benefits to the people in return. It is the primary responsibility of every state to provide these facilities. Now, if a citizen complains, questions or protests about not getting benefits from the state by paying taxes, the representatives of the state will listen to him seriously or on the contrary he will be humiliated, it is different. discussion
In countries like ours, the first problem is paying taxes. If we don’t pay tax responsibly or don’t want to pay it, how can we demand free medical facilities, free education, roads etc. from the state? There is a stark difference between the tax system of developed countries like USA, UK and Canada and the tax system of Pakistan where I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time. In these countries, the state collects taxes with the force of a stick and punishes tax evasion if found. Most citizens also consider it their duty to pay taxes because they understand that their taxes will be spent on welfare projects and for their own benefit. On the other hand, we do not want to pay taxes in Pakistan and the state is unable to introduce a transparent system for tax collection and transparent spending on public welfare projects.
Apart from this, there is very little awareness among people about tax related issues. Because there are many types of taxes and when the government collects sales tax with the force of a stick, some people think that this tax is also an income tax. I also remembered a story in this context that once an acquaintance who runs a small business was talking about paying taxes and I told him that if you don’t pay income tax to the state, you should. This simple man said, he also pays sales tax, the tax that the government collects on the electricity bill is not enough? I explained to him that these taxes are either levied by the government or by private agencies, while I am talking about the state’s right to your earnings. There are many cases where people don’t know that if they secretly start a grocery shop or any other business in their street, they have to pay tax on that too. It is the responsibility of the state to make people aware about this.
It is felt that if people start paying taxes out of fear of their duty or fear of cane, then the next problem for the state is to establish a transparent system under which people’s tax money goes to public welfare and not to private use. pocket It should be spent on welfare and anyone who is dishonest with this money will be severely punished. All this is possible only if the law is equal for all and people are made aware of their duty to pay taxes without fear of the stick. If we want to see the development of Pakistan, all the deserving people have to pay tax and the state has to spend this tax on the welfare of the people under a corruption free system, otherwise, every government has to be held like a beggar. Foreign aid, it will continue to wait and people’s condition will worsen day by day.