HMRC’s restaurant Taskforce has notched up yet another conviction: with two Indian restaurant owners from Lincolnshire being jailed for a £383,000 tax fraud.
Across the UK, restaurants, takeaway businesses, and pubs are being subject to unannounced visits by HMRC’s specialist restaurant Tax Taskforce. These are teams of specialist investigators who carry out intensive bursts of cross-business checking in locations across the UK: focussing on areas that the taxmen see as particularly “high risk” in terms of evaded tax.
Turon Miah, aged 43 (a Parish Councillor in Metheringham) ran Mowgli restaurant with his brother Sufi Miah, aged 41. HMRC’s restaurant Taskforce carried out test purchases, and during follow-up visits found the company was not accounting for cash sales: underpaying Corporation Tax and VAT.
They were arrested in March 2015. The tax investigators searched their homes and business premises, finding handwritten notes and records of the genuine takings. The pair admitted not reporting sales of £382,933, between March 2011 and November 2014: and pleaded guilty to tax fraud.
Turon was sentenced to 20 months in prison and Sufi was sentenced to 16 months in prison when they appeared at Lincoln Crown Court in October this year.
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