23rd Dec 2009
It was dark in the Treasury late one Christmas Eve. The gnomes were rummaging in the Old Taxes Box to see if they could find a little something for their Christmas cheer. They hastily thrust back the one marked “Poll Tax 1381-1981” which had written on it “not to be opened until 2081”.
But no, said Santa. What we want is New Taxes for a new millennium (he does take a little time these days, Saint Nick). A Tobin tax on bank transactions would be a good start, but the idea of electronic taxation of transactions is such a good one. Especially on those who irritate.
But Santa needs your help: so the time has come to vote for your top fund raising transaction taxes for 2010. The Christmas break should give you a good chance of experiencing some of these transactions
- a Twitter tax, levied at .001p per tweet
- an iPhone tax, levied only for boasting about what it can do
- a tax on the downloading of tracks simply as part of a campaign to get a Christmas number one
- a Wii tax levied on the breaking of household objects
- a tax on irritating ringtones, doubled for Christmas ones
- a tax on plastic packaging for toys that needs an entrenching tool and a pneumatic drill to open
- a tax on muzak and double for Christmas muzak, treble for Christmas muzak before December
We should be well on the way to clearing national debt – just need a few more suggestions...