David Williams, 53, was jailed on 27 March for 12 months after being found guilty of tax evasion . . .
A plumber from the West Midlands, David Williams was found guilty of tax evasion after evading £91,000 of national insurance and income tax, whilst trading as a self-employed plumber for ten years.
In 2011 HMRC released the Plumbers Tax Safe Plan, which offered those working in the plumbing industry lower HMRC tax penalties for the voluntary disclosure of their unpaid tax, going back for the past five years.
In March last year, HMRC sent out a whopping 50,000 letters to people working in the plumbing trade, announcing that if people did not pay the tax owed to HMRC that they would be facing large fines.
The scheme closed on the 31st May 2011 and deadlines for paying outstanding tax were set for the end of August 2011.
The Plumbers Tax Safe Plan was said to have collected £328,756 in unpaid tax. Click here to read ‘HMRC plumbers amnesty campaign success?’
More recent tax amnesty campaigns have focused on private tutors and coaches, electricians and online marketplace traders.
HMRC state that benefits of their campaigns are lower HMRC tax penalties of up to 10% of tax owed; or even no HMRC tax penalty at all, and the chance to put your tax affairs in order.
In their promise, HMRC have come down hard on those they identified who have not paid the right amount of tax and chose not to take part in the targeted tax campaign.
David Williams was first arrested in September 2011 after a tax investigation by HMRC discovered thousands of pounds in cash at his home in Sandwell, Black County.
On 27 March 2012 he was sentenced to twelve months in prison at Wolverhampton Crown Court after pleading guilty to charges of tax evasion of income tax, contrary to the Taxes Management Act 1970.
On William’s sentencing, His Honour Judge Challinor, said:
“You were squirreling the money away, it was based on greed. Those tempted to avoid paying income tax must be deterred.”
Assistant Director of Criminal Investigation for HMRC, Adrian Farley, said:
“Today’s sentencing is a result of our drive to clamp down on tax evasion committed specifically by plumbers, gas fitters, heating engineers, electricians and others who fail to declare their earnings and pay the right tax.
“Tax evasion deprives our country of vital resources and gives tax cheats an unfair advantage over their business competitors so we will not hesitate to investigate those we suspect of evading tax. I would ask anyone with information about people who may be involved in tax evasion to contact the tax evasion Hotline on 0800 788 887.”
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) also announced that an additional nine plumbers have been arrested, with tax investigations ongoing.
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