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First Assessment of Jewish Community in 5 Years Reveals Extent of Impoverishment

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The startling extent of #he impoverishment of the Jewish population in Warsaw was revealed by the Assessment Commission appointed by the Jewish Community to fix the amount of taxes to be paid by the members of the Community.

No assessment of this kind has taken place since 1927. Now the necessity has arisen for a new assessment, and the Commission appointed included members of various professional unions attached to the Jewish Community, and experts and representatives of trade and industry. Altogether 12 committees were created. As a result of the work of these committees it appears that 3,324 members who previously paid taxes had to be altogether withdrawn from the list of taxpayers in view of their complete impoverishment, and an additional 3,112 members have had to have their taxes appreciably reduced. In order to make up the gap which has been created in the Community Budget, the tax on 5,785 members has had to be increased, and 210 members who previously paid no taxes, have been assessed for this year. In spite of this, however, the assessment showed that only 2,463,200 zlotys will be collected during 1933 as compared with 2,868,370 zlotys in the previous year, a difference of over 400,000 zlotys.

Among those whose taxes had to be reduced were such who paid 500 zlotys per annum, but who now cannot pay more than 15. Others who paid 2,500 will now pay 100 zlotys.

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