Treasury minister David Gauke has said that paying a tradesman in cash is “Morally Wrong”
No, Mr Gauke, taking our money by force of law without any say-so is morally wrong. I know some of the libertarian bloggers would rather not pay tax at all, and do everything themselves, but I believe the majority accept basic infrastructure and services need collective financing. I (and I suspect the majority) would be happy to pay a reasonable amount SO LONG as it wasn’t frittered away on the EU, overseas aid to countries who say they don’t want it, and an army of welfare claimants who have no intention of supporting themselves – to say nothing of the odd war or two…
Can you think of any other walk of life where you have no choice but to pay up, and don’t have any say in the matter? There is talk of the taxpayer being shown more details of how his or her money is spent, but this will not give them any choice in the matter, just a statement afterwards.
When, and only when, we have the ability to decide how our money is spent, and how much of it is used, will I consider paying cash to be a bit suspect. It is also reported that as much as $21 trillion (or even more) has been hidden from the taxman by a worldwide elite of “super rich”. I have mixed thoughts on this – good luck to them for keeping it away from the government, but they will never be able to spend it all, and it does mean that the rest of us have to foot more than our fair share. There is also the aspect that many of these people are influencing world events through organisations like the Bilderbergers.
Mr Gauke said:
Where arrangements are artificial, where they are contrived, and designed for the purpose of reducing National Insurance contributions for the employer or the employee, then those artificial arrangements are such that they do constitute tax avoidance. Tax avoidance is tax avoidance.
Interesting that his wife is a specialist tax lawyer – thanks to Richard North for spotting that little gem! I trust Mr Gauke will be leaning on the Beeb to change the way their “top” people are paid…