Finance Minister Ishaq Dar’s statement that tax should be imposed on every kind of income is definitely right but leaves certain doubts lingering. It remains unclear what he really means: does he mean tightening the stranglehold on those taxpayers’ who are already below the poverty line or disciplining a segment of society that has been enjoying what appears to be a virtual amnesty from successive governments, a prominent example of which is the agricultural class, where even those with excessively large landholdings evade the tax net.There is now growing concern that a section of the parliamentarians themselves, many of which have a feudal background belong to this class. This unholy alliance, sometimes results in partisan lawmaking such as amnesty schemes and sometimes discourages the authorities to zero in on the culprits impartially. At the end of the day, colossal damage is dealt to the national exchequer that sends the state into taking desperate methods at whose receiving end is the common law abiding citizen. From this hapless category is the ordinary government employee or an individual working in the private sector whose monthly income is barely enough to meet the ends meet. But it is this category that sometimes gets caught between a rock and a hard place. What is required is a little bit of will to make the agricultural class fall into the line. The statement that the tax should be imposed on every income becomes all the more dubious when in reality a landlord with many hundreds of acres of arable land ducks out of paying his amount while on the other hand a salaried class citizen struggling to scrape a living is bled dry.There has to be proportion when the state goes about collecting taxes but this balance is lost when there is a conflict of interest involved. The present setup has to practically show it is sensitive where its citizens are concerned and that it really wields the mettle to impose taxes on large landholdings and agricultural income.