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”.