A self-employed quantity surveyor from Kenilworth in Warwickshire has been jailed for failing to tell the taxman that he was in business.
John Powell, aged 64, earned almost £1 million during his 20 years career as a self-employed consultant quantity surveyor; working in the civil engineering industry, mainly on new building complexes in both the UK and overseas. But he was what the tax investigators call a “ghost”: as he had never registered with HMRC and hadn’t paid any Income Tax or National Insurance Contributions. The tax evaded was estimated at nearly £260,000. Instead he spent the money on property: including one in Antibes on the French Riviera.
Following a detailed tax investigation the HMRC’s Criminal Taxes Unit charged him with cheating the public revenue, contrary to common law. Powell was sentenced today at Birmingham Crown Court, to two and a half years in prison.
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