What is the extent of tax evasion these days?

Discussion in 'Economic issues' started by T McGibney, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. XMarks

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    Off the top of my head this is what I paid in cash:
    3.5k wooden floor supply (the supplier came to the house with samples)
    1k wooden floor fitted
    800 electrician
    2k supply and fit of carpets (again came out to the house with samples so no retail premises)
    200 plumber
    1k plasterer
    2k painter
    500 waste removal
    400 gardeners
    1k kitchen fitter
     
  2. TheBigShort

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    So you bought it out of the back of a van?


    Did you use a Registered Electrical Contractor? If yes, you should still be able to get a receipt.
    If not, your house insurance is in jeopardy if an electrical fault causes damage.

    More back of the van stuff? I wouldn't be too concerned about tax compliance, more so am I in receipt of stolen goods!

    Did you hire a skip?

    Again, I have to say, if I was handing out that amount of cash I would be insisting on a receipt before any agreed works took place.
     
  3. Cervelo

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    Earlier this year we decided it was time to get our house painted and thought it would be great to get it done while we were away in America in late April
    The wife in Febuary got five verble quotes from different painters, two Irish and three foreigners, all recommended by friends and family
    Three things that amazed me at the time were,
    1. None of them has given us a written quote even when asked.
    2. Four of the verble quotes were quickly followed by "I can knock the Vat off for cash".
    3. None of the could start the work before June.

    Needless to say the house wasn't painted, we will try again next year.
     
  4. TheBigShort

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    The fourth thing that should have amazed you was that it appears your friends and family are colluding in these types of business practices.
     
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  5. noproblem

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    As another poster said, what did this include? If for example there was any electrical or gas work involved you would have to have got receipts, otherwise anything going wrong would mean your insurance wouldn't cover it. Who purchased materials, if yourself, then you must have been given receipts, for €15k there wouldn't have been much of a job in any case.
     
  6. noproblem

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    Oops, just spotted "the big short" has addressed the points I raised and other very good points also. I guess there will always be tax evasion, especially if others are compliant with those doing the work, each equally guilty though.

    One imagines that if people have more money in their pockets, the goverment gets more from people spending. However, if evasion is so rife, how does that spent money get back to the goverment coffers?
     
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  7. Cervelo

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    Well I'm not sure about that as the recommendations were about the standard of work not the cost but I do agree that for these practices to succeed their has to be two willing parties
     
  8. TheBigShort

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    I hope you don't think I was being personal.
    But it's hard to imagine that the 'VAT' offer was exclusive to you.
     
  9. Purple

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    I recently went to a medical consultant with one of my kids. He said it was cash only. I get a hand written receipt. I had to ask him to date it. It was a private consultation in a public hospital.
     
  10. cremeegg

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