Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The Hunt for Recalcitrant TV Taxpayers

Owning a TV set in France sets you up for an annual tax to the French state. Pretending you don't have a television set when you do is illegal, therefore, and can earn you a hefty fine. The good news is that if a non-paying TV owner is denounced (in secret, needless to say) by a fellow taxpayer, the authorities are allowed to use this evidence against the culprit (who has to pay an additional surtax of 30%).

With that in mind, the BAF decided to test if the system couldn't be improved by allowing taxpayers to catch illegals and hand them over to the tax authorities in return for at least part of the surtax (video)…

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