Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Builder jailed for tax evasion

A BUILDER from Nuffield has been jailed for six months for tax evasion.

A BUILDER from Nuffield has been jailed for six months for tax evasion.

Haydyn Duffy, 46, admitted to HM Revenue and Customs investigators that he had failed to pay £71,500 in income tax and VAT.

He said that he intended to pay the tax when there was an “amnesty” so he would not be fined or prosecuted.

Duffy, who was arrested in June last year, owed £46,663 in income tax and a further £24,855 in VAT.

He was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday after admitting one charge of tax evasion.

HMRC assistant director John Cooper said: “When HMRC caught him out, Duffy had the cheek to say that he had intended to pay his taxes all along — but only at a time that suited him.

“Yet between 2006 and 2012 he had ample opportunity to pay the £71,500 he had pocketed at the expense of his customers and honest, law-abiding people — people who pay their dues when they are due.”

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