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Paying Cash In Hand To Tradesmen Morally Wrong

 
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mark occomore



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:10 am    Post subject: Paying Cash In Hand To Tradesmen Morally Wrong Reply with quote

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It is "morally wrong" to offer to pay tradesmen in cash in the hope of avoiding tax, Treasury Minister David Gauke has said.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18964640
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I dont think we should be told how we pay for things with our money. As long as you pay tax it doesn't matter. My grandmother always paid her cleaner and gardener cash. So it that wrong?
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Toggy



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It'll be a cold day in hell the day a politician has the right to tell me I'm morally wrong. I'll pay people how I want to pay people and Mr Gauke can shove his 'morals' where the sun dosen't shine.
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essexlady



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shall I state the blindingly obvious? There is no way that paying for anything or anybody in cash can be immmoral BUT if the recipient then does not include that payment in their income for tax purposes then that could be considered immoral in the same way as the well-publicised tax avoidance schemes are.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark, the whole story is a smoke-screen by government to avert our eyes from the massive tax fraud that is being conducted by big corporations. Don't allow yourself to be worried about the issue!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'am not worried about this. There's a lot of tradesmen who do odd jobs for people. Are they going to be pushed out? God help the nanny state.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
I'am not worried about this. There's a lot of tradesmen who do odd jobs for people. Are they going to be pushed out? God help the nanny state.


Mark, nothing's going to happen. Believe me.

Like I said above - it's all a smokescreen. We're hearing that various MPs are already voicing their concerns over this minister gobbing off about this. No prizes for guessing why.

This story is already dead!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess the media will try and find the MP's who have been given tradesmen and women cash in hand to do some work.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mark occomore wrote:
I guess the media will try and find the MP's who have been given tradesmen and women cash in hand to do some work.


Only the right-wing papers like the Mail and Express. They won't be asking questions about why HMRC has let Vodafone off the hook to the tune of 4.5bn, I assume.

Like I said......... this is all a smokescreen.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Colin - you won't find many Government Ministers pushing this particular issue because it's politically far too risky when one considers that probably half the Cabinet is avoiding British tax by placing funds in offshore tax havens

This particular Junior Minister was very naive in raising the subject because he's walking into a political minefield Smile
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Lord Evan Elpuss



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And they, along with, I suspect, the vast majority of their filthy rich friends / donors have been doing it for a very long time! So, yes, it's very rich for this apology for a government to condemn lesser mortals as immoral for tax avoidence. That's the pot calling the kettle black isn't it? Or to put it another way 'Don't do as we do, do as we say'!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The media will probably be able to trace many transactions where they themselves have used pictures of Her Maj to grease a few palms and loosen a few tongues quite close to the Palace of Westminster. One wonders if this additional income was declared by the honourable gentlemen concerned?
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