THE EDITOR, Sir:
It is with interest that I note that the income-tax ceiling has been increased. This is good news for salaried people with payroll deductions. Unfortunately, this is not such good news for senior citizens like me, who exist primarily on interest earned on investments, from which tax is deducted at source.
Each year I submit an income-tax return so as to get a refund on overpaid tax. In 2010, I was due to get what was, to me, quite a substantial refund, which to date I have not received. When I make inquiries, I get the runaround - the file is mislaid, etc. This, I believe, is an excuse, as I know several other seniors who have not received refunds either.
It is shameful to think that senior citizens who are struggling to exist on low interest rates and the spiralling cost of living should have the added indignity of being robbed of their due with no recourse. If the tables were turned, the matter would not be treated as casually.