Paying tradesmen cash-in-hand is morally wrong?

So David Gauke thinks that paying cleaners and tradesmen in cash to get a discount is morally wrong.   I'm not sure.  It seems like this is a very common form of tax evasion, and people know it's a bit naughty (i.e. because it's illegal for the tradesperson to fail to declare the income); but I don't think people feel that they have crossed any sort of moral line.

Is it really a moral issue?

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Legally wrong

petersaxton |
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Maybe

thisistibi |
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Is it obvious?

ShirleyM |
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Not Necessarily

Roland195 |

@Shirley & Roland

thisistibi |
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Check out Radio 5 live now.

Canary Boy |
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It's not obvious at all

BKD |
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Avoidance & Evasion

davidwinch |
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@thisistibi

ShirleyM |
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Politicians

dropoutguy |

@thisistibi

Euan MacLennan |
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@Shirley

thisistibi |
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Mixed feelings on this matter

Jekyll and Hyde |

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blok |
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@thisistibi

ShirleyM |
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VAT Avoidance

Roland195 |

Charity

thisistibi |
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Thanks

thisistibi |
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Isn't David Gauke's wife,

Time for change |
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No!

thisistibi |
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@Time for change

ShirleyM |
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Expenses claims

dropoutguy |

In defence of David Gauke

Euan MacLennan |
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Not what I meant

petersaxton |
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"We're all in it together"

John Stokdyk |
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Morally Wrong

philh74a |

Back to the Maths lesson

Democratus |
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Politicians...

George Attazder |
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When will the first accountant be expelled ....

ringi |

Besco

thisistibi |
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The onus is on the recipient not the payer

Adrian Pearson |
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As an HMRC employee once said

Pelican |

MP's trying to take the high

justsotax |

And Pelican....

justsotax |

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blok |
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What is more morally wrong...

the_fishmonger |

@ the fish monger....

justsotax |

Surely ...

Old Greying Accountant |
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Dear old grandma gets her

mrme89 |
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cash in hand

ShirleyM |
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added dimension

Jekyll and Hyde |

The biggest problem to me ...

Old Greying Accountant |
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Jekyll and Hyde |

Payment cards for benefits

Democratus |
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Not a problem

petersaxton |
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Faster payments

petersaxton |
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so if you were selling a second hand car

Anthony123 |

Seems reasonable to me

petersaxton |
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and another point on VAT and tradesmen

Anthony123 |

40% to government

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