Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Tax cheats in Northern Ireland named by HMRC

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Three tax cheats from Northern Ireland have been named and shamed.

HM Revenue and Customs has published a list of deliberate tax defaulters across the UK, who have been fined for deliberate errors in their tax returns or deliberately failing to comply with their tax obligations.

They include:

  • Philip Thompson, owner of a road haulage business in Blackthorn Rise, Larne. He failed to pay £38,000 in taxes between April and October 2010 and has been fined £25,000.

  • James Joseph Farmer, a painter and labourer from Stanfield Road in Belfast, who dodged paying £222,000 between April 2011 and August 2012, and has been fined £132,000.

  • Transport and storage company, MeighfreightServices Ltd. It failed to pay more than £51,000 in taxes in August 2010 and has now been fined £30,000.

HMRC’s Jennie Granger, Director General for Enforcement and Compliance, said publishing the names of deliberate tax defaulters is part of HMRC’s approach to combating tax evasion and non-compliance.

She said: “HMRC will publish the names of tax cheats every quarter. So, anyone who is thinking about avoiding their responsibilities should consider the consequences before they refuse to tell HMRC about their full tax liability.

“Cheating on tax is wrong and HMRC is dedicated to clamping down on the small minority of people who try to evade their responsibilities.

“Publishing these names encourages defaulters to make a full and prompt disclosure and cooperate with HMRC to avoid being named – all the named defaulters have exhausted the appeals process.”

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