Feeds

Contractors not 'tax dodgers' - PCG

Gets the hump over Revenue ad

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

The Professional Contractors Group (PCG) is having a strop over an ad it claims portrays self-employed people as tax dodgers.

The group - which represents several thousand IT contractors in the UK - is so upset by the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) ad that it intends to file a complaint with the advertising watchdog.

The ad in question shows a plumber hiding under a kitchen sink, alongside a caption urging people to call a hotline to report self-employed people who don't pay their taxes.

"We are very disappointed to see HMRC resorting to such a negative campaign," said PCG chairman, Simon Juden. "The advertisement gives the impression that people who work for themselves are all tax dodgers, whereas, in fact, most are law-abiding citizens who pay their taxes.

"We shall be registering a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority, and hope that future HMRC campaigns will refrain from offending and alienating the vast majority of the UK's 2.72 million self-employed workers who do pay their taxes."

The PCG's comments echo similar concerns raised last week by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), which described the ad as "clumsy". It also said the ad - which calls on people to snitch on tax cheats - "tars all of the UK's self-employed people with the same brush".

"We find it particularly offensive that the implication in the advert is that all self-employed people do not pay their taxes. The self-employed in the UK contribute to the economic well-being of this country and this advert is a harmful and misleading attack upon them," the FSB said in a statement.

But a spokesman for HMRC defended the use of the ad and acknowledged that the "majority of small businesses are entirely honest and scrupulous in their dealings with us".

He went on: "This advertisement, and the campaign, are both aimed squarely at the non-compliant minority and we are not in any way suggesting that all, or even most, small businesses fall into this category. We are sorry if the intention behind the advertisement has been misinterpreted in any way." ®

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.