I just had another tradesman offer me a "cash only" job.
I didn't take it. I want the paper work.
I want the proof the work was done.
I want him / her to pay the tax that keeps our hospitals and schools operating as we want them too.
I also asked him how he could be certain no one he did a job for worked for the IRD. He may as well hang an "Audit me!" sign on his van.
His brow crinkled a bit.
NZ has a reputation for low levels of corruption, but from what I see in the business sector, corruption is the norm. It's most of them. Every day. All day. Especially the small guys.
I suspect many only bitch about "compliance costs" because that's how they might get caught cheating.
Maybe if we all call the IRD and report all these cowboys cheating on their income tax and GST it might reduce the amount of tax evasion.....or are well all corrupt, too?