Ed Balls said that people should demand receipts from tradesmen to stop tax avoidance
And of all of Ritchie’s numbers it’s the only one that I think comes anywhere close to reality. The amount of tax evasion going on in that cash economy.
And now think about what you need to do to stop it. Portugal actually does this for example: you can be stopped while driving by the police. If they see shopping in the car they will ask you to produce the receipts. If you cannot then they will fine you for not having the receipt to prove that you have paid VAT.
And in order to actually stamp out tax evasion that’s the sort of thing, and worse, that it would be necessary to do.
At which point we’ve a decision to make. Do we want a country that still does have freedom and liberty, where the police cannot just stop you and interrogate you, where “going about my lawful business” is the only thing anyone need tell them, but with tax evasion, or do we want a police state with less tax evasion?
Answers on a postcard to the LHTD, Downham Market.