Hidden Business Empire Owner Jailed

A Shropshire man who had “a substantial business empire” but declared nothing to HMRC for 5 years has been jailed for 32 months for his £250,000 tax dodging.

Alan George Smithyman, aged 62, of Bridgnorth, ran 13 companies and had 100 bank accounts.  He was involved in the sale of vehicles and parts and accessories, mining and quarrying, property development, property rental, handling waste materials, and the retail sale of beverages.  But he wasn’t declaring any income to HM Revenue and Customs.

He pleaded guilty to various counts of cheating the public revenue contrary to common law; intent to defraud; failing to declare trading income and profits; and tax fraud.  He was sentenced to 32 months in prison on 31 October 2016 at Manchester Crown Court.  HM Revenue and Customs say they have started proceedings to recover the £251,000 tax he stole.

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