The latest tax fraudster to be given a jail sentence is a 49-year-old Wilmslow builder who deducted £114,000 tax from the sub-contractors he employed, but then simply kept it, rather than paying it over to the taxman.
Peter Jones had been registered under HMRC’s Construction Industry Scheme as PJD Cheshire Builders: of Wilmslow. He engaged various jobbing sub-contractors on renovations and property developments. Jones de-registered from the CIS but continued to use sub-contractors for another five and a half years. He deducted tax from the amounts he paid over to them, just as if he was still operating CIS, but in a simple tax fraud he didn’t pay it over to HM Revenue and Customs.
HMRC launched a criminal investigation culminating with Jones being charged on 9 counts with obtaining money by deception – including false representation contrary to sections 1, 2 and 3 of the Fraud Act 2006. He pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court; where last week he was sentenced to 24 months (reduced by a third for the early guilty plea to 16 months) in custody.
What does this mean for me?
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