A 62 year-old lorry driver from Newlyn has been sentenced to 18-months behind bars after being found guilty of avoiding £42,000 in VAT and income tax. Between the years of 2006 and 2015 the lorry driver failed to complete a single self-assessment tax return and as a result fraudulently pocketed more than £42,000.
After failing to declare any income for almost a decade despite being aware of his obligation to do so, HMRC investigated the individual and uncovered the extent of the fraud. £30,686.90 in income tax had been unpaid over this period, followed by a further £11,826.44 in VAT tax payments.
The HMRC investigation drew to its conclusion on 3rd August 2018 at Truro Crown Court when the lorry driver pleaded guilty to the charges of fraudulently evading VAT and income tax. He has subsequently been awarded an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay the prosecution costs of £1,200.
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