The UK government's plan to battle tax avoidance... Don't pay plumbers in cash, or you are morally corrupt! It would be hilarious if they weren't truly serious...
From the article
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2...dspending-hmrc"Getting a discount with your plumber by paying cash in hand is something that is a big cost to the revenue and means others must pay more in tax," Gauke said.
Asked whether he disapproves of the practice, Gauke said: "Yes, I think it's morally wrong. It is illegal for the plumber but it is pretty implicit in these circumstances that there is a reason why there is a discount for cash. That is a large part of the hidden economy."
Revenue and Customs has raised £500m in the past year after launching campaigns focusing on particular areas such as plumbers and electricians. The revenue yesterday welcomed the jailing of a Surrey plumber who evaded £50,000 in income tax.