Saturday, December 17, 2005
Here's hoping the IRS does not take inspiration from its Argentina counterpart (via the BBC):
For officials in Buenos Aires, it is not the season to be jolly, it is the season to pay your taxes.
Tax inspectors are being deployed in Santa Claus outfits to try to encourage reluctant taxpayers in Argentina's capital to cough up. The Santas are stopping passers-by to tell them about special benefits if they pay up this month. It is the latest in a series of official campaigns against tax evasion in Argentina.
As part of the campaign, called "Holidays without Debt." around 100 Santas are out on the streets promoting the tax board's special Christmas offer. If people in Buenos Aires province pay their arrears by the 20th, they could be eligible for a series of festive tax deductions. The official leading the campaign said it was a chance to start the New Year in peace, free from the fear of prosecution.