For once Cheers Keith has got it absolutely right.
We all use the services of unlicensed, unregistered, unrecognised, even illegal, people at some point, mostly to avoid paying a fair price for a fair job.
We want to avoid the VAT, we want to help someone just starting out, a bit of nepotism along the way maybe to help a youngster start a career, we don’t want the establishment getting hold of our money.
We are all guilty and we deserve everything we get.
Pay 15 euros an hour to a mate who used to be a mechanic, instead of 30 an hour to a Spaniard who has to comply with all sorts of regulations; endless people living under the radar doing “airport runs” for 50 euros who aren’t insured to be driving paying passengers and again don’t pay their dibs like the professionals.
Gardeners, painters, cleaners, even translators, Spanish “teachers" - are they professionals who can be held accountable for shoddy workmanship or the wrong word in the wrong place?
I have always wondered what Madam Editor’s stance is on adverts from people who are effectively offering illegal services?
I don’t blame her, its the way of the world, but where would we be if nobody paid taxes?
Madam Editor replies :- Hi Ted. Yes I do include lots of ads for services offered.
First, I don't have the time to respond to each advertiser asking what their level of legality is - and -
Secondly, I give everyone who emails me the benefit of the doubt.
People should be aware of the possibilities you highlight. Thanks