NI tax cheats named and shamed

Published Tuesday, 14 May 2013
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Three tax cheats in Northern Ireland have been named and shamed.

NI tax cheats named and shamed
The three companies were listed by the HMRC for the first time. (© Getty)

The identities and addresses of the people behind the businesses have been published on the HMRC Revenue and Customs website.

Belfast painter James Joseph Farmer, from Stanfield Row in the city, faces a penalty of over £100,000 for deliberately defaulting on almost a year and a half's worth of tax.

Philip Thompson, of the Larne road haulage company Philip Thompson Transport, has been penalised £25,361 for offences between April and October 2010.

Transport and storage firm Meighfreight Services Ltd. which formerly traded from Kellys Road in the Killeen area of Newry, faces a penalty of £30,778.

Every quarter, the HMRC will publish the name of tax cheats as part of its fight against tax evasion and non-compliance.

"Anyone who is thinking about avoiding their responsibilities should consider the consequences before they refuse to tell HMRC about their full tax liability," Jennie Granger, Director General for Enforcement and Compliance, said.

"Cheating on tax is wrong and HMRC is dedicated to clamping down on the small minority of people who try to evade their responsibilities.

"Publishing these names encourages defaulters to make a full and prompt disclosure and cooperate with HMRC to avoid being named - all the named defaulters have exhausted the appeals process."

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26 Comments
realistic in planet earth wrote (560 days ago):
@ali in Belfast,I agree with what you say. I've often thought that the more people a business employs the lower their tax rate should be. It would be an incentive for businesses to employ more. businesses are being strangled at the moment with overheads. Don't forget that we are all paying tax on our earnings, and the earnings that are left after income tax we spend on more goods that are taxed......
ali in Belfast wrote (560 days ago):
These guys were probably trying their best to keep in business -employing folk, paying their wages , holidays and sick pay whilst price of fuel and consumables is just going up and up and it's hard to get money in from other businesses in same situation so don't be so quick to condemn could be your employer next....
pay up in ards wrote (560 days ago):
I pay my tax on the monies I earn, why cant these people not pay theirs?greed or what comes to mind, what would the country be like if we all got on like these people, no monies for hospitals etc.
Davey in Newry wrote (561 days ago):
@milo in limavady Because that wasn't tax avoidance. Tax avoidance is where a person is very bold and doesn't pay taxes through using small holes in the rules and little boys and girls shouldn't do it. Or comment on it public boards without understand it. If using tax payers money for something you don't agree is not a cause for naming, shaming and prosecuting. If it was then I would be putting a write into the MoD over Trident.
RJ in Kilrea wrote (561 days ago):
that's not right naming and shaming people there could be a lot of reason why they never paid the tax for example: they are not able to pay as there is no money to pay, I agree in Naming and shaming but where was amazon, google etc, all those where very small invaders.
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