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Exchequer Secretary David Gauke speaking about the Government's new consultation on tax to try and address larger tax evasion schemes:
The TaxPayers' Alliance pressure group said ministers needed to concentrate on reforming the complex tax system.
Director Matthew Sinclair said:
The Government has launched a consultation paper on planned tax reforms.
The Treasury hopes the reforms will mean officials, often hit with dead-ends when investigating schemes that are based off-shore, will be able to follow up new leads as cowboy tax advisers are forced to disclose their client databases.
Those customers will then be formally warned how much they could owe if the scheme fails to stand up to legal scrutiny.
Exchequer Secretary David Gauke comments came as the Government launched a consultation paper on its planned reforms. It follows a wave of disclosures about the financial loopholes used by the rich and famous to legally side-step hefty tax bills.
Mr Gauke said that to see people avoiding tax by using cash in hand or more sophisticated means was "galling":
The Government loses about £2 billion each year to the black economy as tradesmen fail to pay VAT or income tax by not declaring payments and keeping them "off the books".
Mr Gauke's comments, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, come as HM Revenue and Customs plans an amnesty to encourage workmen to pay their fair share of taxes.
Householders who pay tradesmen in cash are "morally wrong", a Treasury minister has said.
Exchequer Secretary David Gauke accused homeowners who give workers cash of helping them evade tax.
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Exchequer Secretary David Gauke has said that home-owners who pay workers cash in hand are "morally wrong."