The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors has welcomed HMRCs announcement of a crackdown on companies and individuals in the industry who are not meeting their tax and regulatory obligations. "We see this as an opportunity for the industry to tackle rogue traders.
Our members and any plumber, gas installer or heating engineer who works according to the law have nothing to fear from the HMRCs campaign. Members join APHC to mark themselves out as conscientious, skilled and respectable tradesmen so we expect them all to be meeting their tax and regulatory obligations already. "In fact, I would encourage companies and individuals who are operating fairly to inform HMRC about those who are not. Its often common knowledge in an area who is flouting the law and while no-one likes the idea of shopping someone, they must remember that these people are taking work away from honest companies, could be ripping off customers and could be putting lives in danger.
"This is really an opportunity to level the playing field. The industry has had to live with the blight of rogue traders for too long. While the likes of APHC and other responsible bodies are all happy to help, however, we do have concerns about how HMRC will actually reach the rogues in the industry. They traditionally fly under the radar and will be hard to trace.
"However, HMRC points to successful investigations in other industries where this issue also exists so we are optimistic that rogues will be exposed. We would advise any company or individual that is otherwise operating fairly but has let things slip to contact HMRC immediately or the consequences could be disastrous for them."