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Customs shames Northern Ireland tax cheats on website

BY AMANDA FERGUSON

Two Northern Ireland tax cheats have been named by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

Rice Bow Ltd Chinese restaurant, formerly of Springtown Industrial Estate in Londonderry, has been fined £43,481.32 for defaulting on £56,107 of tax for the period May 2010 to July 2012.

Meanwhile, haulier Patrick Mackin, based at Blue Road in Gilford, Craigavon, has been fined £35,003.12 for defaulting on £83,340.78 of tax for the period April 2010 to November 2011.

The names were among a series published on the HMRC website yesterday.

A spokeswoman for HMRC said publishing the names of deliberate tax defaulters ensures everyone pays their fair share, creates a level playing field for honest people and businesses, and cracks down on the minority who seek to evade tax.

HMRC's Jennie Granger, director general for enforcement and compliance, said: "While the majority of people pay the tax that is due, there is a small minority who try to evade their responsibilities."

Details of deliberate defaulters can be found at www.hmrc.gov.uk/defaulters

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