Scrap The Crofters Tax

Every time I see adverts in the newspaper for croft registrations, I get annoyed. Crofters are paying for the dereliction of duty by the Crofters Commission for generations – I will refer to the registration fee as the Crofters Tax from now on.


In the Ness paper, Fios, today, I counted 16 applications to register crofts. Lets do the sums: each registration costs £90 and at least £36 to advertise. (90+36) x 16 = £2016.

Two thousand pounds out of crofters’ pockets just like that, and nearly £1500 of it leaving the fragile local economy. What do we have to show for it? Nothing but a pain in our backsides from sitting filling in the paperwork.

You also may have to get assistance with the mapping as well, which will come with additional costs.

The main reason I am annoyed by this tax is that it is all mapping work that the Crofters Commission should have been doing over the years and now you can barely do anything with a croft without going through the tax process.

Scrap the Crofters Tax and get bureaucrats to do the jobs they were supposed to be doing all along.

1 Comment

  1. Donald, you are just like my older brother, David. Get him started on the IRS. Better known as the Internal Revenue Service. Sometimes, also known as the Infernal Revenue Service. Because people have to pay into the IRS. If you call up the IRS and call them the Infernal, will that gets them riled up. Believe me. They want the money, but when it comes time to do the yearly Income Taxes and they owe you a rebate. HA! They sure do like to drag their feet in sending you your money back. But there have been times when the US Gov’t has talked about the IRS and scraping the Department. Won’t work because you have the very powerful Lobbyist. And it is the lobbyist that get there way. All I can say Donald is Good Luck. Do hope you get your way on this. Keep up posted.

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