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Supplier says customer is the one who offers cash

A treasury minister has said it is morally wrong to pay tradesmen in cash in return for a discount.

David Gauke thinks it encourages some people to avoid declaring their income and paying tax on it and it is estimated the Treasury loses £2bn a year in this way.

'James' runs a small business supplying building materials in Yorkshire and told 5 liveBreakfast that it is "nearly always the customer" who suggests paying less in cash.

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  • 24 Jul 2012
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