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Tax Returns Boston UK

Tax cheat and racing driver jailed after tax investigation

 Simon Atkinson from Hemel Hempstead has been jailed for a £450,000 tax fraud. He ran a halal poultry business where he had not been complying with money laundering regulations. During their investigation, HMRC officers discovered Mr. Atkinson had used fake invoices to fund his passion for racing sports cars. He claimed invoices for racing as his business costs under plant and machinery. Read more..

Churchill Tax Advisers have helped a large number of clients come forward and make a voluntary disclosure of undeclared income to set their affairs right. Our advice is that tax fraud will ultimately get caught.  Living constantly with the fear of ultimately getting caught can be psychologically damaging and can impact personal life. We specialise in voluntary disclosures and will ensure that the process is as pain free as possible for our clients.

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Restaurant owner jailed following complex HMRC investigation

Chin Seong Lam, aged 60 of Barnet in London, has been jailed for three years following a complex HMRC Fraud Investigation involving £1 million tax scam. Mr. Lam owned two successful Chinese restaurants in London and Portsmouth. He under-declared his sales and as a consequence did not pay tax (VAT, income and corporation tax) of £1 million. At the time of VAT registration, he described his business as “manufacturing pottery” with projected turnover of £10,000. HMRC investigations revealed that the actual turnover was £5.1 million. Read more…

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Soleimani Mafi TC 0451 [2018] – Penalties

The First Tier Tribunal has decided that the tax payer should have taken professional advice on tax implications resulting from a declaration of trust for the benefit of his sister. The tax payer did not disclose the sale of a property for £1.8m. HMRC raised discovery assessments outside the usual time limits. HMRC also issued penalties for deliberate and fraudulent behaviour. The First Tier accepted that there was no evidence to support the declaration of trust actually existed. The judges also concluded that the tax payer should have known that there would be tax implications of entering into such declaration of trust and therefore was liable for higher penalties under the deliberate behaviour.

Our analysis: This is an unusual decision as the judges have decided that failure to take professional advice amounted to deliberate/ fraudulent behaviour.

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Tax Investigations and Planning Seminar – 29 November 2018 – Glasgow

We will be hosting a free tax seminar at the Double Tree by Hilton, Strathclyde, Glasgow on 29th November. The following topics will be covered:

  • Tax investigations – latest developments
  • Tax case update
  • Budget 2018
  • Property tax planning

The seminar will provide specialist insight into the above areas. We are expecting bankers, business persons, solicitors and accountants to attend the seminar. The seminar qualifies for CPD points if these are relevant to you.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

If you would like to attend, please send an email to to book a place.

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Corporation Tax Boston UK

McFarlane [2018] TC 06512 – Tax Tribunal case lost for deliberate behaviour

The First Tier Tribunal judge found in this appeal that there was a valid discovery and the appellant’s actions were considered deliberate. The appellants agents FTR Accountants Company Limited had made a series of mistakes and errors in the appeal process and did even turn up to the hearing with the excuse that they had got their diaries wrong. This case demonstrates the importance of cooperating with HMRC from the outset and to ensure the formal appeal process is adhered to by the agents as any mistakes could prove to be costly.

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VAT Boston UK

Tax fraudster jailed for VAT repayments

David Handley, aged 43, from Leicester has been jailed for four years for VAT repayment fraud. Mr. Handley was the mastermind behind a gang of 18 people using forged identities to set up businesses and claim more than three hundred fraudulent VAT refunds. In his supervision, Mr. Handley had set up almost 46 illegitimate businesses purely to claim tax from HMRC. Read more…

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Accountant Boston UK

Football agent loses tax avoidance case

Jerome Anderson, a former football agent has finally lost his tax case of £1.2 million against HMRC. The Upper Tribunal concluded that Mr Anderson and eight other individuals failed in using this scheme which involved investing in recruiting young players in South Africa. Mr. Jerone Anderson was trying to use this investment to claim a bogus loss of £3 million in order to significantly reduce his tax liability. Read more..

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