HMRC Tells School Children To Tell Your Teacher If A Neighbor Is Evading Tax (VIDEO)Submitted by emalvini on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 12:07
HMRC Tells School Children To Tell Your Teacher If A Neighbor Is Evading Tax (VIDEO)
School children are being encouraged by HM Revenue and Customs to tell their teachers if they know of anyone "in their local area" who is not paying their fair share of tax.
By Christopher Hope, Senior Political Correspondent 10:00PM BST 25 Jul
Critics said it was "un-British" of the HMRC to try to turn "children into state spies".
The news came after a Treasury minister said it was “morally wrong” for home owners to negotiate discounts with plumbers and traders by paying them in cash if it allowed them to evade tax.
HMRC has set up teaching modules to guide children through the hazards of pay as you earn and National Insurance contributions.
Some of the modules – which can be downloaded from HMRC’s website - teach school children as young as 11 about paying their fair share of tax.
The revenue uses video, games, facts and quizzes to “help make teaching financial capability and citizenship issues relevant and engaging”, according to its website.