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Cash in Hand Jobs Should be Outlawed Suggests Report

Self employed workers that deal mainly in cash should be stopped, this is according to a new report by a guy called Matthew Taylor.

The report has been titled the “Taylor Review of Modern Work Practices” and comes in at a hefty 116 pages. I’m not sure how many people are going to read it from cover to cover, but I’m sure a few people have skimmed through and taken some notes.

According to Matthew Taylor and his report, the practice of “cash in hand” payments should be outlawed by the government, and if implemented, it would result in an extra £6 Billion worth of tax every year for HMRC.

Typically, the types of professions that accept cash are window cleaners, builders, plumbers, and other kinds of tradespeople, although it is thought that many other industries also have a secret cash society that is not often talked about.

Some have even suggested that professional contractors and freelancers take payments in cash, but who knows for sure exactly what is going on? As long as you declare everything on your tax return and don’t hide anything then I don’t really see what the problem is.

However, The Taylor Report has called for the government to do more to bring in technology for cashless payments, so that self employed people such as window cleaners and builders wouldn’t have to take any cash at all.

Also, the report went on to add that any tradespeople who are subcontracting for companies will instantly have their tax sorted out through PAYE when paid through digital payments, which would make life a lot easier for millions of self employed people.

My opinion on all of this? I think that cashless payments is the future of getting paid when you are self employed, but outlawing being paid by cash? That is just pure madness if you ask me.

Some tradespeople prefer to receive cash and many customers still like to pay with it. I don’t think there should be any interference from the government with this…they should trust anyone who is getting cash in hand to declare it, and if they suspect someone of not paying tax on any cash they earn, then an investigation should be launched.

As far as I’m concerned, as long as we still use cash in society, then you should have the ability to pay or get paid with it.

The Prime Minister agrees with me on this one it appears, because a spokesperson from Downing Street recently commented that there was no plans to ban cash in hand payments.

It’s good to see there is still some common sense within the government, and I’m sure they chucked the “Taylor Review of Modern Work Practices” directly into the bin at Number 10.

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