Tax: just say no

from the Williams Jeffery Barber newsletter, 14 September 1993

The following letter was sent to the Collector of Taxes in Harare, Zimbabwe, and later printed in the Cape Times.

Dear Sir,

I have to refer to the attached form. I regret so grave I am unable to complete the form as I do not know what is meant by filling this form. However, I am not interested in this income service. Would you please cancel my name from your books as this service has upset my mind and I do not know who has registered me as one of your customers.

Yours faithfully,

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It's a pity this letter seems funny. I like to think a time will come when a letter such as this will seem a normal and courteous response to something as quaint and odd as a tax form.