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Can't afford to put chippies on books


Sir, I read with interest your report 'Revenue seeks extra £180m in CIS reform' (News, March 2).

My company, TCH Limited, was started two years ago as a small carpentry contractor.

Last year I won a contract to supply a maintenance carpenter at Bank of America in Canary Wharf. I pay the carpenter gross and he sorts out his own tax affairs, as it is a headache I do not need.

I am also looking to expand the business. Cash flow is a nightmare, as I am generally paid almost on 60 days, but I have to pay the chippie weekly.

I already have VAT to worry about, which requires a parttime book-keeper, but now the Government wants me to employ this other carpenter on PAYE, despite the fact that he could 'walk' next week. If I secure another contract, I may have to take on two more chippies for six months.

The Government wants me to take three men on PAYE, pay them holiday money, paternity, redundancy and everything else. All I am trying to do is to build my business for my family's benefit and hopefully give other guys some work. Do they not get enough tax from me already?

Can we start a campaign to make the Revenue realise that it knows nothing about how the construction industry works?

Kevin Thatcher By email