HMRC knocks on salesman’s door for £90k tax

A self-employed salesman who failed to pay any income tax or national insurance for over five years, despite earning £350,000, has been jailed for 18 months after an investigation by HMRC

Anthony Lewis, from Gamston, went door to door selling short-term loans and collecting repayments, earning £350,000 in commission.

But the he never registered with HMRC for self assessment and was found to owe almost £90,000 in income tax and National Insurance between November 2008 and May 2014.

Lewis pleaded guilty to five counts of the fraudulent evasion of income tax and was sentenced to 18 months in prison at Nottingham Crown Court.

Stuart Taylor, HMRC assistant director, criminal investigation, said: ‘Lewis’ earnings came solely through commission and he knew full well he should have paid the tax due. HMRC takes tax fraud extremely seriously and he is now paying the price for his dishonesty.’

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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