Tax avoidance is in the headlines in the UK at the moment...with Jimmy Carr named by David Cameron for his off shore activities and 1% tax payment...and perhaps Mr Cameron should have thought before making the comment as his family fortune was built largely by avoiding tax according to several newspapers.
Since moving to France, initially to the Languedoc and now the Dordogne, we have had lots of artisans providing services for us. We have employed French, Dutch and English artisans. From roofers, builders, plumbers, carpenters, satelite dish fitters etc. The majority of the time we have been asked for cash as payment, which we refuse to do.
We pay tax in the UK on pensions and tax here on a rental property. We always pay our taxes, and feel that if you live in a country, you should, when required, pay your taxes to ensure your country of choice has sufficient funds for schools, roads, hospitals etc. We have had some really unpleasant exchanges, one artisan spat on our floor when we refused to pay cash! How does everyone else feel about paying by cash?