Yorkshire cricketer bowled out by £140k tax bill

England’s World Cup winning cricket star Adil Rashid is one of those named and shamed on HMRC’s most recent list of tax defaulters, after he failed to pay more than £100,000 due

The Bradford-born leg-spinner, who plays for Yorkshire, defaulted on his tax returns over four years from 2013-2017. He has been ordered to pay £100,280 in back taxes and given a £38,608 penalty.

The quarterly list also includes Mark Leese, who worked for Inntouch accountancy services in Shipley from 2010 to 2017 when he failed £76,556 in taxes and was served with a £53,589 penalty by HMRC.

Trowbridge accountants Mission Practice Ltd were found to owe £94,853 in taxes and fined £58,098.

Alongside these, the list features restauranteurs, builders and second hand car salesmen. Sukhbir Tiwana, who ran Automotive Solutions in Walsall, owed £104,871 and was fined £58,074.

The catering industry has the biggest number of defaulters on the list and three of the largest are all restaurant facilities based in Lincoln. Café Zoot omitted to pay £1.59m in taxes over an eight-year period and faced a £1.34m penalty, while Tequila’s Ltd owed £405,986 over a similar timeframe and was fined £349,186. Biresa Ltd, which formerly traded as Pomodoro E Basilico failed to pay £856,894 and had a £736,929 fine.

London publican John O’Donnell was fined £177,590 for failing to declare £373,875 between 2013 and 2017, while Muranda Electrical Services Ltd, which provided installation services in Gravesend, omitted to declare just over £1m and received a  499,203 penalty.

London building developer Oatfield Developments Ltd owed £442,637 in taxes over four years and earned a £309,846 fine, and Reading-based Upgradeyourtv.com Ltd, which sold television sets online, owed £655,368 for the period October 2015 to December 2016 and received a fine of £367,005.

A spokesperson for HMRC said: ‘The majority of businesses and individuals pay the tax that they owe, but for the minority who refuse to pay, HMRC has a range of tools available.

‘We are able to publish the names of those penalised under civil procedures for deliberately defaulting on certain tax obligations. This is about influencing behaviour by encouraging defaulters to engage with HMRC.’

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.

Current list of tax defaulters is here.

By Pat Sweet

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