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Construction industry tax defaulters named and shamed

Names of companies have been published for the first time today after HMRC was given the power to publish the names to deter UK taxpayers from deliberately defaulting on their tax obligations.

Rochester-based Gatemain Contractors Ltd, property maintenance trader Mr David Alan Jay of Essex and pipework specialist Mr S Stewart of Liverpool are all included on the list of tax defaulters.

They will pay penalties of almost £35000, nearly £50,000 and almost £11,000 respectively.

Each of the three cases refers to a period between 2011 and 2012 and HMRC

Exchequer secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke said: “HMRC is dedicated to clamping down on the small minority of people who break the law, and finding and taking action against tax cheats who try to evade their responsibilities.

“The publication of these names sends a clear signal that cheating on tax is wrong and reassures people who pay their taxes – the vast majority – that there are consequences for those who refuse to tell HMRC about their full liability. It also encourages defaulters to make a full and prompt disclosure and cooperate with HMRC to avoid being named.”

Tax Defaulters:

A deliberate defaulter is a person who incurs a relevant penalty for:

  • an inaccuracy in a return or document for a tax period beginning on or after 1 April 2010,
  • a failure to comply with certain obligations, such as the obligation to notify HMRC of a liability to tax, or
  • a VAT or excise wrongdoing that occurred on or after 1 April 2010

HMRC is able to name companies which have been charged with one or more penalties for deliberate defaults where those penalties involve tax of more than £25,000.