Property business tops tax defaulter list owing £4.5m

The updated list of major tax defaulters has been published by HMRC with a property development and hotel business topping the list owing £4.5m in penalties, while less serious offenders include a range of cafés, takeaways and restaurants among others

HMRC has published its latest quarterly listing of deliberate tax defaulters’ details, adding 72 names to the list of those who have received penalties either for deliberate errors in tax returns or for failing to comply with tax obligations.

The list includes tax evaders whose penalties involve unpaid tax of more than £25,000.

The largest tax penalty on the current listing amounts to £4.5m and was paid by Skelwith Leisure Ltd, a property development and hotel in York, on £6.4m of tax due over the period January 2011 to February 2013. This is followed by an alcohol wholesaler owing £3.5m on unpaid tax of £5.5m from March 2012 to December 2013.

Other major tax defaulters include an advertising and electronics wholesaler owing £248,100 in penalties on £545,500 tax owed, and a computers and software wholesaler with penalties of £501,100 on £954,500 of tax owed.

Less major defaulters include a range of cafes, takeaways and restaurants. A pizza takeaway in Birmingham was charged with £11,600 of penalties on £30,200 of overdue tax and another in Aberdeen owed £14,000 on £33,400 of tax.

A London restaurant owed HMRC £11,500 in penalties on £25,300 tax due and a Haverfordwest cafe owed £35,200 in tax and occurred a £19,300 penalty. 

HMRC only publishes details where the taxpayer has not made a full and immediate disclosure either before or during an investigation, and the information is made publicly available for a maximum period of 12 months.

The full list of defaulters is available here

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