A builder who pocketed £114,000 tax he deducted from sub-contractors instead of paying it to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has been jailed.
Peter Jones, 49 from Central Place, Station Road, Wilmslow was registered under HMRC’s Construction Industry Scheme as PJD Cheshire Builders, employing sub-contractors for work carried out on renovations and property development.
When he de-registered, HMRC’s investigations revealed that he had continued to employ sub-contractors for five and a half years but failed to pay HMRC the tax deducted from them.
Jones was sentenced to 24 months, reduced by a third for the early guilty plea to 16 months in custody when he appeared at Manchester Crown Court earlier this week.
Sandra Smith, assistant director, criminal investigation, HMRC, said: “Jones abused his position when he failed to pay tax that was due in an attempt to line his own pockets. HMRC takes tax fraud extremely seriously and anyone deliberately choosing to evade the taxes they owe should expect not only a heavy fine, but possibly a criminal prosecution as well.