Holding government accountable requires adequate resources to enable people, systems and litigation.
GOVERNMENTS ARE NOTORIOUS FOR DISCOVERING WAYS TO INCREASE STATE REVENUE. INCREASING TAX REVENUE TAKES PLACE IN VARIOUS FORMS:
Improving efficiency in tax collection by collecting from all who qualify.
Increasing rates and tariffs to keep pace with inflation or realignment of tax brackets to alter tax pressure in specific sectors or segments of society. Such practice becomes contentious and problematic as consecutive annual increases result in excessive rates, leading to public resistance. An example of this is ongoing and excessive increases in vehicle license fees – particularly in the trucking industry – and the fuel levy which has increased by over 140% over the past decade.
Introduction of new taxes and fiscal policies to either change society’s behaviour (eg: Emissions Tax on new vehicles, sugar tax, carbon tax) or to increase taxes on society in specific areas.