Pensioner is happy to do right thing

Monday May 21, 2018 Published in Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

As an 82-year-old pensioner myself, I couldn't agree less with this Grey Power view that pensioners shouldn’t have to pay tax.


I may be old, but that doesn't diminish me from making a positive contribution or contributions to society. This includes the payment of taxes when and where due, no matter my age. 

To me it comes down to whether I am a participant of a thriving, vibrant, vital nation or a parasite sponging off the hard work of others.

Please note that paying my taxes is not something I relish to be sure, but it is an accepted obligation under a broader social contract that says if you are breathing and making money beyond a certain threshold tax is due, no matter where that income is derived.

I believe our country would be a better place if we all committed to do the right thing. This includes keeping all legally enacted statutes such as paying tax, because this actually is the Christian's responsibility.

            Tax-paying Pensioner

            (Name and address supplied)

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