Bhangarh, Rajasthan: Ghosts, ghouls, witches and all other creatures of the dark are up in arms against government after a cabinet committee has declared haunting as a service and has levied 14.5% service tax and 0.5% Swachh Bharat on each haunting done by any paranormal entity.
An emergency conference of Ghosts, Vampires and witches was called at Bhangarh which is considered as SEZ by creatures of the dark. Many ghosts who could not reach Bhangarh due to prior appointments joined via video-conferencing and gave their inputs. During this meeting, a lot of legal points were discussed and it was decided that ghosts will challenge this decision in court.
Sheila Bhoo a 475 yrs old ghost was visibly upset, “I have never paid any tax during my entire life and after-life but now at this old age Government wants me to learn accounting? We don’t have any CA among us either as all of them have already gone to hell. How will we know how much tax to pay and whether we have paid it correctly or not?” Sheila asked as she wiped a tear off her ultra-white face.
Another ghost, Pretraj questioned the wisdom of charging ghosts for Swachh Bharat. Pretraj said, “Although I admire the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan by our PM, I don’t see a reason why we ghosts need to be involved in this. We are all air and ectoplasm. We don’t dirty up our surroundings. We will move the Rajasthan HC in this regard pretty soon and if required we will go up to the Apex Court for justice. Some ghosts in our international relations teams are even reaching out to International Ghost Rights NGOs to lobby the government against this injunction. I will update the media when I have more to say.”
While government’s decision has ruffled quite a few feathers in the paranormal world, it is not yet clear on how exactly will the ghosts be charged this tax and how will the transactions be monitored. It is however being rumored that several exorcists will now be put on government payroll to issue PAN cards to every entity in paranormal community.
As per sources, this ghost tax has been levied to compensate for the revenue that was expected from EPF tax which has been withdrawn.