THE Prime Minister’s employment adviser has denounced people who who pay their workers with cash-in-hand in order to get a discount.
Matthew Taylor, blasted the discount-seekers as not “good citizens” amid claims they are contributing to the huge £6 billion tax avoidance bill.
After he was commissioned to review working practices he found in his report that digital transactions would make it easier for the taxman to ensure the self-employed workers are declaring their earnings.
Mr Taylor told the Telegraph: “If you are deliberately paying in cash because you know that you are getting a lower price because the person you are giving cash to is not paying their proper taxes, well that’s not good citizenship.
“If you are a window cleaner and you are paying your taxes and doing the right thing and there is someone up the road who is able to undercut you because they are not, you are not very happy with it.”
Mr Taylor also proposed a policy which could see migrants barred from accepting cash payments, as part of their conditions which would allow them to work in the UK.