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Making people pay their taxes is a difficult mission to achieve, but what about giving something back to the people that are actually up to date with their payments? The tax collection agency in the province of Buenos Aires has signed an agreement with Sony Music that promotes a program that will allow tax contributors that are up to date with their tax payments the possibility of downloading music in a free and legal way.
The music will be available for download through the internet platform ArbaTracks. The users will be able to choose songs by national artists. According to records from the tax collection agency in the province of Buenos Aires, the users that are registered debt-free will be given period of six months to pick their music and a maximum of 90 songs from the available repertoire.
Martín Di Bella, the holder of the agency, has emphasized that this initiative “valorizes the effort of the neighbors that are up to date on their taxes, and this promotes a positive tributary culture.”
Since the repertoire available only features national artists, this is also a way to encourage and promote Argentinian music by highlighting the value of legality and raising awareness in regards to fighting and discouraging piracy, Di Bella added.
The songs available include genres such as pop, tango, folk and rock, and comprise an integrated catalog by various artists such as Vicentico, Fito Paez, Faithfull Marianne, Ivan Noble, Andres Calamaro, Diego Torres, Soledad Pastorutti, Mercedes Sosa, Roberto Goyeneche, Facundo Cabral and many others. This collection will be updated in the coming months with new releases.
The agreement has been celebrated, and well accepted by many, starting with Argentinian musicians, such as the guitarist Oscar Righi from the band Bersuit who said: “at first glance music would seem inconsistent with the tax theme, but it is necessary to recognize those who make their contribution, because it is after the payment of taxes that a country grows.”
He continued by saying: “It is wonderful that so many people are up to date with taxes, and they are able to download music. Being with that peace of mind is a kind of reward for doing the right thing. And for us, anyone that can hear what we produce is the best gift.”
Many countries have big problems finding a good strategy for their citizens to pay their taxes. This initiative clearly is giving some positive results and generating awareness to the people. Hopefully, if the program is successful, other countries can take this model as an example and try to implement it as well.