Yeah, not touching that one.
Avoiding VAT and 1099's is a politically oriented effort, isn't it or, is it just criminal? Personally, I like public libraries and good roads so, taxation for things like that seems reasonable to me. I'm also not opposed to a helping hand for people that need it. So for me, cheating on VAT and 1099 reports is not something I do.
Heck, I get paid in cash for rent on one of my pastures so I could easily just ignore that at tax time but, instead I pay the Self-Employment tax and other taxes when I file my 1040. I generally take a dim view of tax cheats unless the taxes in question are really unfair or distorted. VAT to me is not an unfair tax. YMMV