VAT Fiddling Carpet Cleaner Convicted and Canned

A self-employed carpet and upholstery cleaner from Perth in Scotland has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment for attempting a VAT repayment fraud worth £45,000.

Kevin James Brown, aged 28 of Scone in Perth, had a turnover of £12,000 between July 2011 and July 2013.  On his VAT returns for that period he claimed to have bought supplies costing £258,867; so as to make fraudulent VAT repayment claims.   He had been paid £35,000 by HMRC before tax inspectors challenged him.

Brown pleaded guilty to being “knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of Value Added Tax” of £34,436.08, and was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

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