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Paying tradesmen cash in hand morally wrong, says minister

Treasury minister David Gauke has said it is "morally wrong" to pay tradesmen such as plumbers, builders and cleaners in cash in the hope of avoiding tax.

He argued the practice came at "a big cost" to the Treasury and meant other people had to pay more.

Treasury sources stressed Mr Gauke was answering a specific question rather than proposing a policy change.

Labour said the government should be focusing on "clamping down" on "large-scale tax avoidance".

Danny Savage reports.

  • 24 Jul 2012
  • From the section UK
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