Chevron left icon
Knowledge centre

Plumber handed prison sentence over avoiding Income Tax

1-minute read

Bonny Dellow

20 September 2017

Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn icon

A self-employed plumber has been handed a suspended jail sentence for failing to pay the correct Income Tax or VAT.

Shazad Hassan, from Stockport, was found guilty of three counts of fraud including the evasion of Income Tax, VAT, and National Insurance.

No Income Tax, no VAT

The 40-year-old plumber had lied about his income throughout the entirety of Superb Gas and Plumbing’s history.

According to the Manchester Evening News, it was found that he’d failed to pay over £65,000 in Income Tax over the ten-year period, paying instead just £750.

Splashing the cash

All the while, he was spending big on personal items and marketing his plumbing business.

In addition to £45,000 worth of advertising for his business, he also bought an Audi RS6, a BMW 116d SE, and a VW Transporter Van - totalling well over £120,000.

Two years in prison

Hassan was handed two years in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to repay the £65,000 he owed to HMRC within three months.

If he fails to cough up the money in time, he’ll serve a compulsory default jail sentence of 18 months.

He’ll also be forced to undertake 300 hours of unpaid work, and was given a three month curfew.

Are self-employed taxes clear enough?

With a number of self-employed tax changes in 2019, many still find the tax return system unclear.

What do you think? Is the Self Assessment system clear enough? Let us know how you feel and vote below.

Are you protecting your trade?

As the UK's biggest business insurance provider, we specialise in public liability insurance and protect more trades than anybody else. Why not take a look now and build a quick, tailored tradesman insurance quote?

Start your quote

Find this article useful? Spread the word.

Facebook icon
Share
Twitter icon
Tweet
LinkedIn icon
Post

People also liked

12 March 20202-minute read

What the UK Budget 2020 means for landlords

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the first UK Budget since October 2018 amid continuing political and economic uncertainty. Here’s the key…

Read more

Keep up to date with Simply Business. Subscribe to our monthly newsletter and follow us on social media.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Categories
Popular articlesBusiness resources from FarillioGeneral businessGuestInsuranceLandlordLandlord resources from FarillioLegal and financeMarketingNewsOpinionProperty maintenanceTradesmanCovid-19
Address

6th Floor99 Gresham StreetLondonEC2V 7NG

Sol House29 St Katherine's StreetNorthamptonNN1 2QZ

© Copyright 2020 Simply Business. All Rights Reserved. Simply Business is a trading name of Xbridge Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Financial Services Registration No: 313348). Xbridge Limited (No: 3967717) has its registered office at 6th Floor, 99 Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7NG.