Moral dilemma #13

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?

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David Winship has written an unauthorised autobiography and several critically disdained literary tomes. His work is frequently compared with Steinbeck, Orwell and Hemingway, but unfortunately Mike Steinbeck, Daisy Orwell and Howard Hemingway were all terrible writers. He has been totally overlooked for the most prestigious literary awards worldwide, which is a shame as most of the words are spelled correctly. In fact, his books contain material that ranks with the finest literary works in history: all the right letters are there, just not necessarily in the right order.

Dave’s blog (The Speed Of Dark Blog) is part of his crusade for truth and justice and universal entitlement to free real ale. It may well be that his whole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.

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