Scrap metal company tops tax defaulter list owing £16.4m

HMRC’s latest list of major tax defaulters is topped by a scrap metal company owing £16.4m on £22.9m unpaid tax, followed by a restaurant owing £626,461, with a raft of takeaways and construction services also featuring

HMRC has published its latest quarterly listing of deliberate tax defaulters’ details, adding 97 names to the list of those who have received penalties either for deliberate errors in tax returns or for failing to comply with tax obligations.

The list includes tax evaders whose penalties involve unpaid tax of more than £25,000.

The largest tax penalty on the current listing amounts to £16.4m on £22.9m of tax owed over the period of November 2010 to September 2012 by JKL Ltd, a company who specialises in scrap metal. The second largest penalty of £626,461 went to Mumbai Junction, a licensed restaurant, on £745,565 of tax owed from 1 July 2013 to 31 July 2017.

Brian Hughes and Sons, a haulage company, racked up penalties totalling £384,010 on £640,017 of tax owed from 1 July 2010 to 31 December 2014. While Mr food Design, an event catering service, must pay £232,482 on £510,950.

Shawty Trading, a retail business, owes £304,184 on £469,783 and Maythorne Homes, a residential property development and sales company, must pay all the tax back on £425,781.

Other smaller penalties have been issued to a number of restaurants, takeaways, construction companies, among others.

This includes a £16,612 penalty for Euro Rail Service, a £16,944 penalty for Mark Bevan who is an electrician and £26,007 penalty for Colin Jackson who runs a plat machinery car services and repair business.

HMRC only publishes details where the taxpayer has not made a full and immediate disclosure either before or during an investigation, and the information is made publicly available for a maximum period of 12 months.

HMRC’s deliberate tax defaulters list is available here. 

Report by Amy Austin

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