Taxman claims first scalp in clampdown on plumbers
A West Midlands man has become the first person to be jailed in HM Revenue & Customs clampdown on tax-dodging plumbers.
David Williams, 53, was yesterday sentenced to 12 months in prison for evading £91,000 of income tax and national insurance during 10 years of trading as a self-employed plumber.
Nine more plumbers have been arrested and investigations are ongoing in HMRC's campaign against plumbers.
Mr Williams was arrested in September 2011 after an investigation uncovered thousands of pounds in cash at his home.
HMRC assistant director of criminal investigation Adrian Farley said that the sentencing was “a result of our drive to clamp down on tax evasion committed specifically by plumbers, gas fitters, heating engineers, electricians and others who fail to declare their earnings and pay the right tax”.
David Michael Williams of Walton Close, Sandwell pleaded guilty to charges of Evasion of Income Tax, contrary to the Taxes Management Act 1970.
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This article was published on 28/03/2012 (last updated on 28/03/2012).