When the Tax Man is a Transgender Woman

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The New York Times home page features the video above (source here) about tax non-compliance in Pakistan.  The "hook" of the story is the use of transgendered women to collect taxes in a particular area Pakistan.  The use of these tax collectors is meant to "embarrass" tax scofflaws into paying their bills.  It is an unusual strategy, that’s for sure.  Perhaps more interestingly, the short piece implies that tax non-compliance in Pakistan may be linked to the level of foreign aid the country receives.  Pakistan receives significant direct support from the U.S. — $1.5 billion dollars by one count.

-Bridget Crawford

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