VAT-dodging builders – you get what you pay for

There’s some new research by the Federation of Master Builders that reveals that, of the third of us who opt to pay builders cash to avoid VAT, 80% are left unsatisfied with the work. The point – apparently – is that cash-payment is a shortcut to cowboy builders. The survey doesn’t, however, reveal the satisfaction-level of those of us who pay by cheque or credit card. No matter. The FMB are starting a campaign to have the VAT level reduced to 5.5%. After the French government did something similar, there was a significant shift in employment from the dodgy to the legit. More, here.n