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Getting around tax office torture

Published:Saturday | August 15, 2015 | 8:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I can sympathise with Peter Espeut in reference to any discourtesy or rudeness that was meted out to him at the Constant Spring tax office ('Terrible tax office treatment', Gleaner, August 14, 2015).

I cannot offer any help or suggestion, as the training for proper behaviour starts at home.

With respect to wait time, it is on par for the course. My suggestion for the future:

1. Go to the Constant Spring collectorate at 8 a.m. and you will experience the stitch-in-time pleasure.

2. Engage one of the thousands of young people who will be happy to earn a $1,000 to do the waiting and make the payment for you.

3. Go to the tax office one hour before closing time and enjoy the heat for a little. I can tell you it will not take two and a half hours.

In closing, I must add that I have had to attend that office on numerous occasions to carry out multiple transactions over the last 10 years and I have not had 100 per cent satisfaction, but I have never had one occasion when a cashier or any other officer said one thing to me that was insolent or discourteous.

I have always wondered whether my attitude encouraged the quality of their level of responsiveness. Quite often it is how we act that causes a reaction; quite often too, he who speaks first, loses.

Farming seems mighty easy when our plough is a pen or a microphone and we are a 1,000 miles from the field.

Life is not always fair, but God is always good.

CLIVE W. SAVAGE

porkrum@hotmail.com