A double-glazing salesman from Leeds who hid his earnings from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for six years has been sentenced.
Adam Barraclough, from Morley, signed a contract with Safestyle UK in 2007 stating that he would take care of his own tax affairs, before embarking on a successful career with the firm that saw him pocket £288,000.
But despite earning almost double the UK national average salary, the 29-year-old failed to register as self-employed or pay any tax or National Insurance between 2007 and 2013. In total, Barraclough avoided paying more than £73,000.
Barraclough was caught out in 2014 when HMRC set up a taskforce to investigate self-employed individuals working in the double-glazing trade. He told investigators he knew that he should have registered with HMRC in 2007, but had instead ‘buried his head in the sand’.
Jo Tyler, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:
“For years, Adam Barraclough avoided paying what he owed, knowing full well that he should have registered with us.
“HMRC is committed to unearthing individuals who do not pay their taxes, and we will prosecute those who offend. This fraudulent activity is not acceptable when the vast majority of people pay their dues and play by the rules.”
Barraclough was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment – suspended for 2 years – and 240 hours of unpaid work at Leeds Crown Court on 23 March by HHJ Jameson QC. He had earlier pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of Income Tax on 23 February 2015.
Barraclough has repaid £26,593 since being charged.
Notes for editors
- Adam James Benjamin Barraclough, 17/11/1985, of Mozart Way, Leeds
- Barraclough was identified as part of taskforce activity looking at individuals operating on a self-employed basis receiving income from commission or canvassing relating to double glazing. He attended a voluntary interview under caution with HMRC on 11 August 2014.
- Taskforces bring together various HMRC compliance and enforcement teams for intensive bursts of activity targeted at specific sectors and locations where there is evidence of high risk of tax evasion and fraud.
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