AN EAST KILBRIDE mechanic who failed to pay nearly £209,000 of tax and national insurance due on self-employed earnings has been jailed for 18 months.
Investigations by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) revealed that Iain Wilson failed to declare all of his earnings as the sole proprietor of his business, Milton MOTs, in Arrotshole Road, from 2009 to 2014.
Confirming his declared sales against Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency records, HMRC officers discovered that Wilson had been suppressing his earnings, failing to declare his true income to HMRC in his self-assessment tax returns, and evading £208,912.62 in income tax and national insurance contributions.
Wilson, 61, of MacKenzie Gardens, was given the prison sentence when he appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court today. He was found guilty – after a trial at the same court on November 17, 2017 – of one charge each of the fraudulent evasion of income tax and the fraudulent evasion of national insurance contributions. Confiscation proceedings to recover the proceeds of his crime are under way.
After the case, Joe Hendry, assistant director of HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service, said: ‘Wilson chose to lie about his income and didn’t pay the tax due on his earnings. He thought he could pocket the money, which should have been funding vital public services, but he was wrong and now he’s paying the price.
‘Most people pay the tax they owe, when they owe it, but a small minority think they are above the law. No matter how well you think you’ve covered your tracks, nobody is beyond our reach. Tax fraud is a serious crime and I ask anyone with information about those who may be involved to contact our fraud hotline on 0800 788 887.’