Non-payment or evasion of income tax is one of the major problems being faced by Haryana in the last few years. This is harmful in several ways. To start with, it affects the revenues of the state government. The state government carries out a lot of developmental activities that are intended for the benefit of the common people who have elected them to the position to be able to do so. Most of these works are accomplished with the help of tax money paid by the common people. Now if the state does not receive the expected amount of tax from people who are liable to do so, it presents a huge problem for the same.
From a personal point of view the trend of not paying taxes is a dangerous one indeed given the fact that it generates a lot of lamentable thought processes and tendencies among people. In a community-based society like Haryana when one person gets away with a serious act of crime like not paying the taxes it encourages others to go down the same route as well. This collective criminal mentality is worrisome indeed for one and all. The question that needs to be asked in this scenario is what role is being played by the government to ensure that such incidents do not repeat themselves anymore. Why aren't proper institutions being created to look into such crime and really tough punitive measures handed out?
There are several ways in which the government can handle this situation. To start with it needs to take a look at people who have been making large expenses and compare it with their stated income. If any discrepancies arise then the state government can take a proper action in that regard and deal with it. Exemplary punishment needs to be meted out in such instances. This will make sure that others are deterred as a result of this and never attempt to perform such feats ever again. All the money that they have not paid as income taxes should be taken away from them as well as the property built with that money and it should be used as public property. This would teach them not to make a mockery of the administration with such fraudulent practices.
However, one feels that just punishment may not be the way to go in the long term. The government needs to make people a part of the process of progress. To start with, it can come up with public investment schemes that will be used to back structures for public use. For example, a bridge or railway line can be built in a remote area and people can be asked to come in and contribute with their money with a promise to make it tax free and also provide handsome returns that are at par or slightly below what is offered by the private investors. There has to be a proper way for doing things and it needs to be done sooner rather than later.