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Three builders talk to the camera at their workplaces.

  • Builder 1 is at a construction site outside, with a shipping container and safety fencing in the background.
  • Builder 2 and builder 3 are both in a workshop with various construction tools around them.

The video ends with the following information displayed:

  • Declare it all. Or risk everything.
  • ird.govt.nz/getitright
  • the Inland Revenue | Te Tari Taake and New Zealand Government logos.

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Narrator - Builder 1

The opportunities to do cash jobs come up from time to time, ah, but I don’t want to be associated with that.

Narrator - Builder 2

As a builder your reputation is everything, you want your name to be strong. Doing cash jobs can potentially undermine that, because it comes with the word cheap, and cheap’s not often associated with good.

Narrator - Builder 3

I’ve got a steady job, so doing something illegal for no real gain is not worth it to me.

Narrator - Builder 2

The misconception around the small jobs being OK because it’s not that one big job – it’s false because the small jobs eventually add up to that big job.

Narrator - Builder 1

It’s a rip off to society, and you see people getting caught.

Narrator - Builder 2

IRD have a lot of resources at their disposal. They’re always looking out for these sort of things – it’s fraud.

Narrator - Builder 3

If I don’t declare all of my income during the year, when I go to the bank and try and get a loan it’s going to be a lot more difficult, the money that I think I’ve earnt for the year, the bank doesn’t see it the same way.

Narrator - Builder 1

There are always consequences to doing cashies, and ah, for the consumer it’s going to mean that you don’t have any evidence that that work was carried out.

Narrator - Builder 2

I have been tempted to do cash jobs in the past – it’s a tempting idea, it’s cash straight in hand. But at the end of the day it’s not worth the risk getting caught.

Narrator - Builder 3

There’s nothing wrong with doing a cash job, it’s just up to the tradie to declare that cash as part of his income and pay appropriate tax on it.