Car parking company £466k tax fraud puts boss in jail

The boss of a Manchester parking company has been jailed for stealing more than £466,000 of his employees’ tax payments following an HMRC investigation

At Manchester crown court Brian Pearson pleaded guilty to the fraudulent evasion of income tax and national Insurance contributions (NICs) and was sentenced to three years and two months in prison.

Pearson ran MIA Secure Parking Ltd, a ‘meet and greet’ parking service based in Sharston, Wythenshawe, which later became UK Premier Parking Ltd. Both companies operated parking services focused on the nearby Manchester Airport.

HMRC raided Pearson’s home and business addresses seizing business records, computers, payroll books, employee and financial documentation in March 2015.

The payroll books were blank, but employee and other salary records showed the tax and NIC Pearson had taken from the pay of up to 60 of his employees. None of these PAYE deductions had ever been paid to HMRC.

HMRC identified non-payment of PAYE employee contributions from April 2008 to November 2015. The £466,029 total fraud over a ten-year period was comprised of income tax totalling £258,909 and NICs of £207,120.

At his trial, Pearson initially claimed to be too ill to do the payroll but went on to plead guilty. Confiscation proceedings have begun to recover the money.

Tony Capon, assistant director, HMRC fraud investigation service, said: ‘Pearson stole from the public and his staff. He knew exactly what his responsibilities were but choose to pocket the money instead of paying it over to HMRC.

‘Stealing tax at the expense of honest taxpayers and businesses who play by the rules is not acceptable. We are determined to create a level playing field for all businesses in the UK by tackling fraud whatever the circumstances.’

Report by Pat Sweet

Pat Sweet |Reporter, Accountancy Daily [2010-2021]

Pat Sweet was the former online reporter at Accountancy Daily and contributor to the monthly Accountancy magazine, pub...

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