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14 July 2005 / Phil Berwick
Issue: 4016 / Categories: Comment & Analysis

PHIL BERWICK considers HMRC's prosecution policy in the light of recent cases.

WHAT DO A chartered accountant, a photographer and a company director have in common? The answer is they have all been prosecuted by the Inland Revenue within the last 12 months.

PHIL BERWICK considers HMRC's prosecution policy in the light of recent cases.

WHAT DO A chartered accountant a photographer and a company director have in common? The answer is they have all been prosecuted by the Inland Revenue within the last 12 months.
The chartered accountant Mr Lewis was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment after pleading guilty to eight counts of cheating the public revenue. Mr Lewis had failed to pay over to the Inland Revenue PAYE tax and National Insurance contributions deducted from payments made to his staff. He had also failed to submit self-assessment tax returns of his profits as an accountant. The total amount evaded including interest amounted to £200 000.
The photographer Mr A Hirani was jailed for three years after being found guilty of cheating the Inland Revenue. Mr Hirani had failed to notify the...

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