Taxing Tune


SIGN OF THE TIMES

This excerpt from “The Motherland Is in My Heart,” a motivational song for Chinese tax collectors, is supposed to be sung proudly and with deep feeling. Now if it only was easy to dance to…

The national emblem is on my cap
And the motherland is in my heart.
We are glorious tax workers.

A sacred responsibility is on our shoulders:
To struggle for the administration of taxes according to law,
To stand at our post in order to see that policies are strictly followed.
We have a thousand stratagems
For stopping tax evasion;
We have a thousand stratagems
For stopping tax evasion.

Oh blah dee, oh blah dah,
tax goes on…

Source: Roth & Co. PC and Zhongguo Shuiwu (Chinese Taxation), No. 3, 1990 (translated by Donald C. Clarke).

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