Drumming up late tax payments

Evasive taxpayers in Southern India have fallen under the spotlight of local authorities for failing to settle their bills on time.

Ten strong-teams of wedding drummers are regularly setting up camp outside the homes of late payers, with orders to play continuously until they settle their bill.

The scheme is being enforced by officials in the city of Hyderabad, which is reportedly owed £50 million rupees (£625,000) in unpaid taxes.

According to the Daily Telegraph, there are now 20 drumming groups at work with money pouring in from the tardy taxpayers.

"They make a damned big racket," said TSR Anjaneyulu, a municipal tax commissioner, "and even the neighbours approve because they get to see who hasn't paid up."

 

14th March 2005

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