Scrap metal dealer heads HMRC tax defaulter list

The list of major tax defaulters is topped by a scrap metal dealer who owed the taxman several million pounds in unpaid tax, while less major offenders named and shamed include recruiters and property sellers

The names are revealed in HMRC's latest quarterly listing of deliberate tax defaulters' details, naming those who have received penalties either for deliberate errors in their tax returns or for deliberately failing to comply with their tax obligations.

The list has the details of 23 individuals who have been investigated by HMRC and been given penalties relating to tax of over £25,000.

The biggest tax penalty on the current listing amounts to £2.8m and was paid by Premier Waste & Recycling Ltd, a scrap metal dealer in Rotherham, on £4.8m of tax due over the period July to December 2012. William Gray, a scrap metal dealer and car breaker based in Kirkcaldy, paid a £76,000 penalty on £127,000 of tax owing during a six month period in 2012.

The list also shows a  Manchester man, Blaine Heapy, who ran a chip shop called ‘Mi Julies Chippy’ was given a penalty of over £48,000 relating to £86,000 of tax owing, while a recruitment agency called Lloyds Management Ltd paid a penalty in excess of £90,000 relating to £150,000 of tax outstanding.

Mr and Mrs Chan, who live in Harrogate, faced a £16,000 penalty on tax of £30,550 relating to a personal property transaction, while Margaret Findlay, listed as a racehorse owner, paid a £14,065 penalty on £38,274 of tax owing.

Wessex Biodiesel was given a £30,000 penalty on £64,000 of tax, and publican Gerard Campbell had a £63,000 penalty on £63,000 of tax owing at the Glenlee Bar over a two year period. Kitchen designers, lorry drivers and decorators also feature on the list.

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.

The list is here: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/defaulters/defaulters-list.pdf

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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