It could be an early April fool joke or just fermenting trouble for the new Beijing regime but I read that the Chinese Exchequer is introducing a tax on moon cakes!
[Please don’t mention this to British Chancellor Osborne otherwise he might tax mince pies and hot cross buns.]
If true it will leave a bad taste in 1.3 Billion mouths ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Tens of millions of brightly decorated boxes of the fist-sized moon cakes are exchanged at this time of year in a symbolic tribute to the full moon which this year falls on September 12.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional time for family reunions in China when it comes to people’s feelings the government needs to consider more than taxing tasty food. State revenue has increased faster than people’s salaries this year, so it would be a way to show the authorities’ concern for the people by cutting a little tax before the Mid-Autumn Festival. What is next on the list from the office of unfair taxes? Fireworks? The ruling adds insult to injury because it falls disproportionately on average workers.
Welcome to the world of capitalism folks.