Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Tax Evasion

Got my passport back today. It's official. Am on husband or father's visa again. Husband/father's residence is really the most advantageous state for an expat woman in UAE. The alternative is to be sponsored by my employer but that sucks because it means I'll need a release & might have to leave the country & come back etc.. if I ever wish to change my job.

More to the point however if am on an employer's visa then I'll have to pay obscene amounts of money in taxes & fines & backfines to the various governments whose passports I happen to hold. If am on my father or my husband's visa they assume am unemployed.

Tax evasion is kind of unethical & not very patriotic but then have never been much of a patriot. Haven't thought much about this before because this is the way it is with most women here. Actually only realized all these complications when I wanted to transfer my visa from my father to my employer before my parents leave. Then everyone told me you need a husband. Which makes my 'technical' marriage itself an act of tax evasion doesn't it?

Funny way to look at it.

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11 Comments:

Blogger Twosret said...

This is really bad system I hate it!

9/13/2005 02:03:00 AM  
Blogger Mohamed said...

Aah, so this is why you're getting married then :)

9/13/2005 09:16:00 AM  
Blogger LouLou said...

Yes Mo I only want him for his visa :)

9/13/2005 09:39:00 AM  
Blogger Charismatic Soul said...

i hear you loulou, i live in the same country as you.
but being a girl is always an advantage, you dont have to leave the country if you want to change jobs, you can pay a fine of 500dhms i think, and stay.
but i guess you got yourself sorted out :)
btw- i like your blog and really enjoy reading it, i relate to many aspects of your life, and congrats on your marriage :)

9/13/2005 09:59:00 AM  
Blogger Mohamed said...

That's what I thought bardu ya Loulou, you don't seem to love him enough! Where is the heat ;) And I'm guessing you can't sleep at night because your conscious hurts, and worried about the tax authority finding you! :)

You're cool.

9/13/2005 10:53:00 AM  
Blogger LouLou said...

twosret,

Am actually pretty tired of this country for a lot of reasons. Can't wait to leave.

9/13/2005 03:20:00 PM  
Blogger LouLou said...

charismatic soul,

Thanks for the tip about changing jobs. A friend of mine changed jobs recently & had to go to Bahrain & come back. Guess that was because he was a guy:)

Can still see a lot of job ads asking for people on husband/father's visa which basically means women.

Thanks for dropping by.

9/13/2005 03:24:00 PM  
Blogger LouLou said...

Mo,

Ok I guess you're not scandalized by tax evasion:)

9/13/2005 03:25:00 PM  
Blogger Al Sharief said...

Not an anarchist, but some say that governments are the largest instituttionalized organized mafia, & Taxes support that. Could be specially has weights when government s do not give enough to it's citzens in terms of services.

9/14/2005 01:32:00 AM  
Blogger LouLou said...

Sharief,

I think I am a bit of an existential anarchist to tell you the truth. Don't like paying money to governments I had no hand in choosing & who are going to spend my money in ways I have no say in & cannot hold anyone accountable for.

I have relatives who need help back home. Would much rather give them the money or give it to a charity I trust. Always felt more comfortable donating money to Medecin sans frontiers than to any government.

Also never having lived there what service have they ever provided for me?During my short visits there am like a tourist & it's not like I get anything for free.

If I had moved to Morroco as was planned I would have been paying income tax which would have been natural as I would have been living & working there. But to pay income tax to 2 or 3 other governments when am working in UAE & already paying all sorts of charges here?

9/14/2005 08:00:00 AM  
Blogger Al Sharief said...

I here you , loud & clear.
I know you do the right thing ;)
Enjoy...

9/14/2005 02:05:00 PM  

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