LittleJohn wrote: My point, that Mr Evans doesn't know whether this builder is or isn't paying his taxes, and it seems to be a very dangerous thing to accuse him of without proof. If he isn't then surely its up to the Greek tax office to pursue, not this forum to make assumptions.
The vast majority of businesses I deal with do give receipts and hence are probably paying their taxes. There are a very tiny number who do not. In every case I can think of they are more or less one man bands who are struggling to survive at least in part because the government is screwing them to make up its shortfall. They are good people who offer excellent service at a very reasonable price*. In those cases I make a judgement call that I don't care. It is economic madness to have inspectors trying to find people who are underpaying a few Euro when the same amount of effort could catch somebody who is not paying millions.
* I am not talking about the issue of being offered something without a receipt for a reduced price. These are people who offer a fixed service at a fixed price and who simply don't ring it up on the till.
This is not necessarily the case. I know of a couple of situations where the case went to court and the customer was judged not liable. It basically depends on whether you can prove that your payments to the builder included sums for the materials in question. (Usually this would be where you have a tightly drawn up contract for the work).
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