Director banned over faked £190k tax rebate claim

A director from Manchester has been banned for 11 years after falsifying bank statements and invoices to fraudulently claim some £190,000 in tax repayments

Christopher Carr was the director of Carr’s BK Ltd. The company was incorporated in July 2017 but was wound up in court in November 2019 and the Official Receiver was appointed as liquidator.

Subsequent enquiries established that in November 2017 Carr submitted a tax return for more than £72,000 claiming on goods he had not purchased.

A second return was submitted in January 2018 for more than £117,000. Both returns were paid by the tax authorities.

However, the invoices and bank statements used to support the two claims were found to be false. The supplier referred to in the claim told HMRC that although Carr was a customer, the invoice submitted was not genuine.

Carr admitted he had falsified documents to claim the funds in April 2018. He was issued with a penalty of more than £110,000, including interest.

The Secretary of State accepted a disqualification undertaking from Carr after he did not dispute that he fraudulently created false invoices, to obtain tax repayments totalling just over £190,000.

Dave Elliott, chief investigator at the Insolvency Service, said: ‘Christopher Carr created false invoices and bank statements knowing his aim was to defraud the tax authorities out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

‘We worked closely with the tax authorities to bring Christopher Carr’s actions to light and this 11-year disqualification recognises the seriousness of his actions.’

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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