Third of people would pay cash in hand to skip VAT

An eye-opening
poll
has discovered that a significant proportion of the middle classes would evade
tax.

The experts at Keele University who conducted the survey believe that it
shatters the notion of a ‘law-abiding majority’, as 34% of 1807 people across
England and Wales conceded that they would make cash in hand payments to avoid
VAT.

The analysis, which canvassed individuals aged 25-65, also found that 7% had
padded out an insurance claim to get more money.

The study’s author, Professor Suzanna Karstedt, said: ‘Contempt for the law
is as widespread in the centre of society as it is assumed to be rampant at the
margins and among specific marginal groups.’

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