According to Treasury Minister David Gauke, paying tradesmen cash in hand to avoid tax is “morally wrong”.
Here’s a typical scenario: you call out a plumber to fix a leaking tap and you settle up with cash and get a discount. The plumber slips the notes into his pocket, all unbeknown to the taxman. Is this some kind of illicit deal? Are you and the plumber conspiring to cheat the public revenue?
As citizens in a democratic society, we all tacitly agree to abide by the same rules. There may be nothing wrong with paying in cash per se, but is it okay to do so in order to avoiding paying tax?
Is it morally wrong to pay tradesmen cash in hand?