Again the Conservatives – nicknamed Tories – attacking the ordinary people. The Treasury Minister David Gauke pointed the finger at tradesmen who take cash-in-hand. He stated that it is morally wrong because they avoid paying tax. These few pounds which are lost are nothing against the billions being transferred into tax havens. Why is not the Treasury Minister going after them? Now there would be a train load coming back. The answer to this question is obvious and clear.
It was also pointed out that David Gauke worked for six years at Maxfarlanes which advertises openly that they are experts in producing “tax-efficient structures for big companies” which could only means one thing – Tax Havens. But here comes the sponge to wipe the slate clean. The Company stated that Mr Gauke was not in the "Tax" department.
Labour MP Graham Morris contemns Mr David Gauke’s statement as a complete hypocrisy. He added: “It is a smokescreen to divert attention from this government’s abject failure to legislate for a general anti-avoidance principle.
“This Government of millionaires continues to condone the activities of the very wealthy individuals and corporate interests who avoid paying their fair share of tax.”
There a great number of Minister in Parliament admitting they pay cash-in-hand. For once there was also no white washing from Downing Street and an aide admitted that PM David Cameron paid cash-in-hand but he has never paid at any time in his life to help them evade their share of tax.
Although it was admitted that Mr Cameron paid in cash but the real point of the matter is that tradesmen name the price of their work and add VAT. Since Mr Cameron paid in cash-in-hand he did avoid VAT and so did the rest of them. It is the other way round the tradesmen doesn’t avoid the tax it is the consumer and this case the PM and ministers.
The VAT on a £100 job which most of them are is costing £20. Ordinary people don’t think once and say cash-in-hand but for the PM and his Ministers to do so is a disgrace because they wouldn’t even miss it. Plus they claim it as parliamentary expenses. Yet they open their mouth and criticizing the tradesmen.
When David Gauke moved house he claimed the stamp duty on parliamentary expenses.
He claimed just below £10,250 in “mortgage payments” on a second home in 2006-7, of which the duty was £8,550. In other words the taxpayers paid for it.
He was cleared of wrongdoing which isn’t a surprise and has not had to pay it back which isn’t again a surprise.
London Mayor Boris Johnson defiantly fuelled the Treasury’s anger more and admits that he certainly paid a lot of cash-in-hand.