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BU­L­AWAYO, Mon­day, Septem­ber 5, 1966 — A res­o­lu­tion passed dur­ing the re­cent congress of the Na­tional Coun­cil of Women of Rhode­sia in Sal­is­bury states: “Un­der the new PAYE sys­tem, sep­a­rate tax as­sess­ment for work­ing wives should be a right and not a priv­i­lege.”

They ask that the sys­tem be re­vised so that work­ing wives pay tax in the same pro­por­tion that earn­ings rep­re­sent in the com­bined in­come of hus­band and wife.

At a meet­ing in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from var­i­ous na­tional women’s groups — the NCWR, the Fed­er­a­tion of Women’s In­sti­tutes, the Univer­sity Women’s group, the Bu­l­awayo Sorop­tomists’ Club and the Busi­ness and Pro­fes­sional Women’s group, the res­o­lu­tion was im­ple­mented, and a de­ci­sion made to pe­ti­tion “ev­ery work­ing wife in Rhode­sia”.

The na­tional pres­i­dent of the NCWR, Mrs Rachel Baron, said: “By pe­ti­tion­ing through­out the coun­try we hope to as­sess how many women are dis­sat­is­fied with the present PAYE sys­tem. We gen­uinely be­lieve there are many such cases.”

The NCWR pe­ti­tion will take the form of a news­pa­per ad­ver­tise­ment, which can be cut out, signed and sent to the Com­mis­sioner of Taxes.

Said Mrs Baron:“Re­peated re­quests for in­for­ma­tion and an as­sess­ment of the prob­lem have brought no re­sults from the au­thor­i­ties. In two meet­ings with the Un­der-Sec­re­tary of Fi­nance and mem­bers of the in­come tax depart­ment it was ad­mit­ted by the au­thor­i­ties that the present method of col­lec­tion was un­just but it sim­pli­fied col­lec­tion and cut down on ad­min­is­tra­tive work.”

A let­ter to the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance, Mr JJ Wrathall, has been drafted and will be sent “in the near fu­ture”.

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