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HMRC fines tax evaders £13.4m

A management consultancy, construction company and golf club have been fined over £13m for tax evasion, after deliberately failing to pay £20.3m in tax


In the quarterly deliberate defaulter’s list, HMRC identified £20.3m in unpaid tax by businesses and individuals, down £1.2m from £21.5m in the last quarter.


HMRC’s list names over 135 individuals and businesses who have deliberately evaded taxes and have been fined a total of £13.4m.


The worst offender was a management consultancy that failed to pay a tax bill of £2,709,735 over a four-year period between 22 June 2018 to 16 February 2022. James Edward Croft, sole director of Dedicated Outsourcing Ltd, now faces a penalty of £1,896,814.50.


The company accounts have been overdue since 2022, with the last accounts being made up to 28 February 2021.


In second place was a construction company by the name of Donton Ltd, which failed to pay £1,860,405 between 1 June 2018 to 28 February 2021. Director, Martynas Macys, will now have to pay a penalty of £1,302,283.50. Based in London, the construction business went into compulsory liquidation earlier this year in June.


A golf club has also made an appearance on the list, owing £68,465.29 to the tax authority. Weston Turville Golf Club Ltd, based in Aylesbury, failed to pay the tax between 1 February 2020 to 31 January 2022.


The 18-hole golf course, which spans over 6,000 yards of greens and fairways, has been handed a penalty of £66,753.65, which its director, Ming Lian Chen, will have to pay.


Woodside Contracts Limited, a floor and wall covering provider, also owed the tax office £1,074,664 after it failed to pay tax between 1 June 2019 to 30 April 2021. The business now has to pay a penalty of £752,264.80.


In the meantime, a computer equipment supplier by the name of Corestore Ltd has been handed a penalty of £514,039.05. Director, Nicola Butler, failed to pay £815,935 in tax between the periods of 1 September 2019 to 30 June 2020 and 1 August 2020 to 28 February 2022.


Nottingham-based Chibuzor Nnaemeka Wilson Okolo, which trades as a grocery shop, has also been named list with a total of £618,741.03 in unpaid tax over a 10-year period. Between 6 April 2010 to 5 April 2020, the business avoided paying tax to HMRC, which ultimately left it with a penalty of £332,573.27 as a result.


Also, Ian William Minto, who runs a pub and restaurant, avoided paying £557,698.83 in tax between 6 April 2010 to 5 April 2017. He now has to pay £334,619.27 to HMRC. His business, Rocks Leisure Limited, last filed accounts up to 31 January 2020, according to Companies House.


Finally, Janie Richardson and Nicolas Hale, who traded in car sales and repair, evaded £425,079.83. The pair, who ran Tiley of Bristol, deliberately misled the tax authority between 25 August 2011 to 31 March 2019. They must now pay £233,166.91 in penalties.


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