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    Are we struggling for their welfare?

    Many of us are salaried employees and income tax from our salaries will be deducted by the employer and will be paid into the government account. It may be ranging from 10 to 30% of our earnings. As responsible citizens, we should not cry for paying the income tax. Agreed.
    We go to the market and we purchase articles required for our household purpose. We have to pay tax as decided by the government. We pay.
    We go to a hotel to have a sip of coffee or tea. We pay for the cost as well as the tax.
    We travel on the road. we pay road tax for our vehicle to run on the roads.
    We undertake journey's on our vehicles. There will be toll gates. We pay as required. If you travel from Hyderabad to Vijayawada by road the toll to be paid is about Rs.500/- one way.
    A majority of our money is going back to the governments in the form of tax. I feel about 50% of our earnings are going to the government. So far everything is good.
    But the question is what is happening to all this money? Is it really getting used for a real cause? How much is swallowed by the middlemen? No estimation. By thinking in these lines I feel always that we are struggling for the welfare of these middlemen? Knowledgeable members can express their views.
  • #649689
    Sorry the road tax or the toll tax collected en route on many highways are not going to the government but to the contractors who laid the roads on BOLT system. That means build, operate, lease and transfer. This kind of arrangement envisages government approval to those big road contractors to lay the six line roads with their own money and the proceeds be realized with collections from the toll gate fees. Normally the contract is for 33 years and in some cases it is 100 years. So government is not getting any money but the contractors are enjoying. Same is the case with Hyderabad Airport.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #649698
    There are multiple tax and toll collections in the form of different names and these collections are going either to the big contractors or to the Govt chest.

    Middle class is unnecessarily trapped in this and under compulsion paying these amounts religiously. The rich class anyway does not bother for these as their earnings are substantial.

    No one knows exactly where these huge collections are being deployed especially the Govt one as the Govt always presents it's budget in deficit mode.

    Knowledge is power.

  • #649741
    What I understand that the locals are exempted from the toll taxes and they are authorized to use the service roads which wont go through the toll gate plaza. For example the outer ring road in Hyderabad is also having service roads attached to it for the use of locals for the onward journey. The taxes are not collected as the vehicles wont use the main ORR. Likewise at every toll plaza there are local links give to the adjacent town or the city through which the travelers can avail without paying toll taxes. And for that the knowledge of local roads must be there or local guide needed.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #649746
    All the taxes we pay go to the Government. This money, in turn, is used for the welfare of the public. In the case of toll gate fee collected it goes to the contractor who built the road. Once the stipulated money is recovered, the collection of toll fee is discontinued. There will not be any business without middlemen. They are essential for the growth of the business.
    There are many instances where taxes are collected and not remitted to the Government. This is nothing but looting by some business people. The important point is whether all the money collected by the Government is properly used for the welfare of the people or not?

    " Be Good and Do Good "

  • #649930
    Most of the tax payers are pained by this fact that the revenue generated by the Govt is not being utilized properly due to the middlemen and corrupt officials.

    This is an age old problem and has turned into a chronic ailment.

    There are delays in Govt projects and many time the plans are never materialized.

    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

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