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Ministers come under fire on tax

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THE CONSTRUCTION Confederation has renewed pressure on the government to reduce VAT on domestic repair and maintenance in its Budget submission.

The group's Christmas wishlist also includes a call for a review of the government's controversial tax scheme, which came into force in November.

Chairman Clive Benfield said: 'We will never stamp out the black economy unless we level the playing field. A VAT reduction to 5 per cent would do this and we have independent evidence to suggest it would not cost the Treasury a penny.'

He added: 'We also have continuing concerns about the Construction Industry Scheme, which remains little short of chaotic and is imposing intolerable burdens on construction companies.'