Tax crackdown - first conviction

Posted: 11th April 2012

The crackdown by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on ‘cash trading’ in the building industry has led to the conpipes in ditchviction of a West Midlands plumber for failing to pay more than £90,000 in income tax and national insurance contributions over a ten-year period of tax evasion.
David Williams, 53, was jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to charges of evading payment of £91,000.
Judge Challinor told him, “You were squirreling the money away, it was based on greed. Those tempted to avoid paying income tax must be deterred.”
HMRC announced last summer that the building trade would be targeted for investigation. Another nine plumbers are awaiting trial on tax evasion charges.
More than £500 million has been recovered so far as a result of the investigations.