A new radio campaign is urging workers, who suspect their employer isn’t paying tax and national insurance, to ring the Tax Evasion Hotline and report the employer to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
In particular, national insurance contributions are used to calculate benefits, including the state pension, incapacity benefit and jobseekers allowance.
Starting this week, the advertisement features a restaurant owner telling his waitress that there is nothing she can do about being paid cash-in-hand.
Stuart Hartlib, HMRC’s director of risk and intelligence, said: “If employers do not pay their fair share, they are cheating law-abiding employees out of what is rightfully theirs. Every employee should receive a payslip and a P60/P45 which indicate whether their tax and national insurance is being correctly accounted for.”
Workers can call HMRC’s hotline on 0800 788 887.