Tory minister David Gauke said he disapproves of the practice.
Paying cleaners and tradesmen cash-in-hand is ‘morally wrong’, David Gauke said yesterday.
David Gauke claimed that making small cash payments was as bad as tax avoidance, which ministers have already called ‘morally repugnant’.
The Exchequer Secretary spoke out as he gave a speech outlining plans to name and shame those who engage in aggressive tax avoidance schemes to avoid paying their fair share.
Under new rules, celebrities and millionaires who use tax avoidance schemes will see their details passed to HM Revenue and Customs.
But Mr Gauke raised eyebrows by suggesting that pensioners and families who pay cash to a cleaner, plumber or gardener are just as bad.
He said: ‘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.’
Asked explicitly if he disapproves of the practice, he said: ‘Yes, I think it’s morally wrong.’
He added: ‘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.’
David Gauke - dissaproves of paying in cash!
OK, fair enough, everyone can have their say I suppose. I then read this.....
David Gauke has branded those who avoid tax as ‘morally’ questionable – but he is open to charges of hypocrisy.
In 2006/7, Mr Gauke used his parliamentary expenses to ensure that taxpayers bore the cost of his stamp duty payments when he moved house.
He claimed £10,248.32 in ‘mortgaged payments’ on his second home that year. That broke down as ‘Inland Revenue Stamp Duty’ of £8,550.
The rest was accumulated solicitors’ fees, land registry and property searches.
He was later cleared of any wrongdoing and has not had to pay any of the money back.
Some of these MP's have more front than Blackpool!