Manchester Garage Owner Jailed for Tax Evasion

Carl Hutchinson, aged 61, was jailed for 27 months this week, after being found guilty of tax evasion of £118,000 and associated money laundering.

Hutchinson traded from 2009 – 2014 years as DPC, Fine Motors and Fine Garages.  He used VAT numbers of other businesses in order to charge his customers VAT.  But he never notified HMRC that he was trading: so he didn’t pay any income tax or VAT over to HM Revenue and Customs.

During their investigation tax investigators got statements from his customers and suppliers – providing further evidence of the fake invoices and the hijacked VAT numbers he used to perpetrate the tax fraud.

Hutchinson was sentenced to jail at Manchester Crown Court for the tax evasion and associated money laundering.

Hutchinson pleaded guilty to: evasion of VAT; the possession and creation of falsified invoices; cheating the public revenue contrary to common law; and money laundering.  In addition to the prison sentence, HMRC have commenced confiscation proceedings to recover the underpaid tax.

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