Taxing Taxis Taxes Drivers
State heavies from the Inland Revenue Department have begun ploughing into the taxi industry in an effort to clamp down
on what they claim as 'GST non-compliance.' Libertarianz Finance Spokesman Stephen Berry expressed his horror at the IRD
initiative saying, "this may result in the ruination of many taxi drivers." His remarks echo those made by Gold & Black Taxis manager Ian Gaskin, who says that, since the beginning of the audit, he has received four resignations.
Gaskin estimates that half of Wellington's 1800 drivers were failing to pay their GST because they thought they could
get away with it.
Inland Revenue has said that it can prosecute where there was evidence of deliberate non-compliance, as the judiciary
had sent a clear message that tax evasion was 'stealing from the community.' The IRD's Wellington manager, Mike
Hewetson, says, "We don't believe that the public - either individual taxpayers or other business taxpayers - condones
anyone evading their legal tax obligations."
Berry has some news for Mr. Hewetson: "I don't just condone tax evasion, I actively support and encourage everyone to
evade taxes. It is a disgrace for people to have their own property forcibly taken from them for the funding of
parasitical leeches and services not being used by that taxpayer. The judiciary is absolutely wrong in its view of tax
evasion as being theft from the community. The community has no right to a single cent out of the pockets of others. To
label keeping your own money as being theft from the community is nothing short of outrageous."
Berry expresses strong sympathy for several hundred taxi drivers who will soon have to run from the IRD. "You have done
absolutely nothing wrong and have nothing to be ashamed of. You have every reason to be furious as the IRD searches
through your records and seeks to bankrupt you. Normally the law would protect you from theft, but this time it is the
law that perpetrates it."
Stephen Berry Libertarianz Finance Spokesman firstname.lastname@example.org 21 Glenarm Ave Mt Roskill, Auckland 021 03757202