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Plumber jailed for income tax evasion

A West Midlands plumber has been jailed for 12 months for evading £91,000 of income tax and national insurance.

David Williams, 53 was found guilty for work conducted over 10 years of trading as a self-employed plumber.

“Today’s sentencing is a result of our drive to clamp down on tax evasion committed specifically by plumbers, gas fitters, heating engineers, electricians and others who fail to declare their earnings and pay the right tax.

 “Tax evasion deprives our country of vital resources and gives tax cheats an unfair advantage over their business competitors so we will not hesitate to investigate those we suspect of evading tax. I would ask anyone with information about people who may be involved in tax evasion to contact the Tax Evasion Hotline on 0800 788 887.”

Nine more plumbers have been arrested and investigations are ongoing.

HMRC targeted plumbers in a special campaign in 2011. Other such disclosure campaigns have focused on offshore investments, medical professionals, private tutors and coaches, companies not paying VAT, electricians and online marketplace traders.

Williams was arrested in September 2011 after an HMRC investigation which uncovered thousands of pounds in cash at his home.