Pay Your Taxes or . . . What, Exactly?

The Colombian government had to apologize earlier this month after it sent a letter to Colombian politicain Ingrid Betancourt. The letter notified Betancourt that she was behind in paying her taxes.

Well, duh — Betancourt was kidnapped by rebels in 2002 while she was running for president and has been held by rebels at a secret location ever since.

This is apparently a big problem throughout Colombia according to the BBC,

Because of the high numbers of kidnappings in Colombia, the government has instructed financial authorities not to tax people held hostage.

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According to the Colombian government Farc currently holds around 1,600 hostages, including around 20 politicians, 47 army officers and three Americans.

Source:

Pay your taxes, Farc hostage told. The BBC, November 6, 2004.

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