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Mechanic hid his business from taxman

Press Release   •   Nov 28, 2016 10:41 GMT

A Manchester garage boss has been jailed for tax fraud after he hid his business activities from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and stole £118,000 from UK taxpayers.

Carl Hutchinson, 61, of Manor Road, Denton, traded for five years as DPC, Fine Motors and Fine Garages but failed to submit any tax or VAT returns. HMRC discovered that he had faked invoices and hijacked the VAT numbers of other legitimate companies and used them on customer invoices. He charged VAT on his services and then kept the cash rather than paying what was owed to HMRC.

Despite being registered with HMRC, Hutchinson failed to declare any of his income or pay the VAT due. He traded with several companies during the fraud and HMRC collected statements from his customers and suppliers which provided further evidence of his fake invoices and the hijacked VAT numbers.

Hutchinson was sentenced to 27 months in jail at Manchester Crown Court for the tax evasion and associated money laundering.

HMRC will now begin action to recover the stolen tax.

Notes for editors

1. Carl Hutchinson, DOB 04/03/55, of Manor Road, Denton, Manchester was sentenced on 25 November 2016 at Manchester Crown Court. On 10 October 2016, Hutchinson pleaded guilty to all counts:

- evasion of VAT contrary to section 72 (1) of the VAT Act 1994;

- the possession and creation of falsified invoices, contrary to sections 6 and 7 of the Fraud Act 2006;

- cheating the public revenue contrary to common law; and

- money laundering contrary to sections 327-329 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

2. Hutchinson traded between 2009 and 2014.

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Issued by HM Revenue & Customs Press Office

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is the UK’s tax authority.

HMRC is responsible for making sure that the money is available to fund the UK’s public services and for helping families and individuals with targeted financial support.