IRD Assessments – Peanuts for the Monkeys.
Its that time of year when the Tax Police are busy issuing their Child Tax Assessments.
Don’t forget to object to your assessment. It doesn’t matter if you are unsuccessful and it costs you nothing except a few minutes to draft an objection letter.Its your legal statutory right to object.Objections cost IRD as they have to respond to the letter and review your objection. Every letter they have to write and every phone-call they have to answer is a cost of compliance. Imagine how much it would cost if 1000 parents objected!
Now we are all familiar with the saying :”you pay peanuts you get monkeys.” and IRD has its fair share of monkeys administering child tax. I’m all for being kind to monkeys and would encourage others to do the same. Every time IRD writes to you they seem to include an addressed envelope so why not take the time to send it back to them? (No stamp required!) I would suggest that you put in a little note saying “Peanuts for the Child Tax Monkeys” and 2 or 3 peanuts.
Lets call it a peanuts for the Child Tax monkeys campaign. The purpose is simple, increase the cost of compliance.
1) It costs the monkeys to open the letter
2) Its takes the monkeys time to read the note
3) It takes the monkeys time to dispose of the peanuts
4) It costs money while the monkeys talk about the peanuts.
5) It can be done frequently and targeted at major monkeys (E.G. David Udy, Ken Pope, Heather Styris……)
Compliance and the “Compliance Triangle” is the holy grail of child tax collection. Increase the cost of compliance and the Dogma of voluntary compliance fails to keep the collection costs down!
Operation 2008 is slowly building in its attack on the compliance model used by IRD with the aim being for members to make it cost $10 dollars for IRD to collect 1 dollar of child tax.
Get sending those peanuts and keep reading. This is just a small beginning of that escalating non violent direct action targeted to explode at election time in 2008 .
N.B. No insult to monkeys intended and no peanuts were consumed while writing this article.