A self-employed roofer has been jailed for 20 months – following a tax investigation by HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service which proved he had defrauded £100,000 in Income Tax and VAT.
Richard Cakebread, aged 56, of Maidstone in Kent traded as M R Roofing. He carried out work on historic buildings (including law courts), charged VAT on invoices he sent to his clients, including £51,690 to one contractor alone. However, he did not pass on any of the VAT to HM Revenue and Customs: using a deregistered VAT number to cover his tracks with customers. He defrauded £88,000 VAT in this way, and also evaded more than £14,000 in Income Tax by failing to declare all his income.
Cakebread pleaded guilty to the Fraudulent Evasion of VAT and to Cheating the Public Revenue Contrary to Common Law. He was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment for the VAT fraud, and 12 months for the Income Tax offence, to run concurrently. HMRC will attempt to recover the fiddled tax, using the Confiscation proceedings of Proceeds Of Crime Act.
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