Tax Rebates & Refunds

Lincolnshire builder found guilty of tax evasion

November 3, 2012
Posted in Fraud — Written by Jennifer

A builder from Barton-upon-Humber in North Lincolnshire has been found guilty of tax evasion, with the courts concluding that he deliberately avoided paying almost £65,000 in tax.

Harry Rowbottom was investigated by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) after noticing that he failed to declare his earnings in a tax return year after year. HMRC officers looked into the matter and found that since Mr Rowbottom had set up his general building and gas fitting business in 1983, he had never declared his earnings or paid any income tax or National Insurance.

It was found that Mr Rowbottom had evaded tax over a 27-year period. He was arrested and given a court date, and at Grimsby Crown Court at the start of October the former builder pleaded guilty to tax fraud.

Mr Rowbottom was given a 14 month prison sentence for his crimes, but he was also ordered to pay back what he owed to the authorities. The tax refund owed to HMRC will be £65,000 and if Mr Rowbottom is unable to pay it all back, he may face more jail time. He has six months to pay what he owes plus interest or he may face a further prison sentence of two years and three months.

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