Leeds salesman is sentenced over six-year tax scam

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A DOUBLE-glazing salesman landed himself in court by concealing his earnings from the taxman for six years.

Adam Barraclough, 29, of Morley, began working for Safestyle UK after signing a contract in 2007 stating that he would handle his own tax affairs.

In the event, however, he failed to register as self-employed and did not pay any tax or National Insurance between 2007 and 2013. In total, Barraclough avoided paying more than £73,000.

He was caught out after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) set up a taskforce investigating self-employed people working in the double-glazing trade. Barraclough was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on Monday to 16 months’ imprisonment – suspended for two years – and 240 hours of unpaid work.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of income tax. He has repaid just over £26,500 since being charged.

Jo Tyler, assistant director of criminal investigation at 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.”