A beautician from Nottinghamshire cheated the taxman out of more than £30,000 – by lying about her income was found guilty and sentenced last week: but managed to avoid going to prison.
Rebecca Eddishaw, a 30 year old beautician and mother-of-one from Farnsfield, under-declared her income from renting out two properties for 4 years, in order to get away without paying £13,797 in tax. This also involved her in a false tax credits claim. Between 2009 and 2013 she wrongly claimed a higher rate of tax credit: getting an undeserved £16,941.
Eddishaw was charged at Nottingham Magistrates Court with 3 offences:
- Knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of income tax by failing to declare rental income in tax returns to HMRC;
- Knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity undertaken with a view to obtain payment of Tax Credit by failing to declare rental income;
- Knowingly concerned in fraudulent activity undertaken with a view to obtain payment of Tax Credit by failing to declare a change in circumstances
She was found guilty of all charges but was then given a light ticking off: her 18-month prison sentence was suspended for 18 months (meaning she doesn’t have to serve any time in prison) and she also has to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.
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