The Bristol people and businesses who have evaded tax

HMRC’s list of tax-evaders includes five Bristol names.

A person or business’ details appear on the defaulters list if they have made at least one deliberate default on more than £25,000 in tax. The list is updated every three months and a defaulter’s details are removed after a year.

The Government department says publishing the names is “about influencing behaviour by encouraging defaulters to engage with HMRC”.

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Here are the five Bristol-based names on the current list:

Ahmed Adan Habane

Ahmed Adan Habane is listed as being in the business of property letting, and based at Dove Street in Kingsdown.

He defaulted on £32,334.25 in tax between April 2015 and April 2017, resulting in HMRC handing him a penalty of £20,936.42.

Autotec

Autotec, on Lower Redland Road, dodged £37,263 in tax between September 2016 and November 2017, which led to the MOT and service centre receiving a penalty of £20,867.28.

Companies House lists Autotec as being subject to an active proposal for strike-off from the register. It says accounts are overdue and should have been filed by the end of February 2019.

Hari Krishnan’s Kitchen

Hari Krishnan’s Kitchen, on Zetland Road in Redland, defaulted on £61,222.67 between April 2015 and April 2017, for which it was handed a £42,855.86 penalty.

HMRC lists the Indian restaurant’s director at the time of the evasion as Balamuralikrishannair Thekketh. Companies House says Harikrishnan’s Kitchen Limited, run by Thekketh, dissolved in March 2020 due to voluntary strike-off.

It does not appear to have been replaced by a new business on the Companies House register, but a restaurant named Hari Krishnan’s Kitchen still trades on the site at the time of writing.

Longacre

The entrance to the trading estate
The entrance to Barnack Trading Estate

Longacre (Bristol) Ltd, a shopfitting and building company based at Barnack Trading Estate in Bedminster, failed to pay £85,502.34 in tax between April 2014 and March 2017. The business received a £55,705.94 penalty.

Longacre bills itself on its website “official contractors to Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and The Clifton Club in Bristol”, as well as a member of the Federation of Master Builders.

But a spokesman for the cricket club said it is not affiliated to Longacre “in any official way”, adding: “The company has previously carried work out at the club but has not done so for several years.

“At the time the club was not aware of any financial irregularities related to Longacre and if we did, would not have entered into business with them.”

Longacre’s only active director is Adrian Napper, who was appointed on 2004 and has been sole director of the company since Lesley Napper resigned in 2010, according to Companies House.

Mike Phillips Transport Ltd

Mike Phillips Transport Ltd, based on Blackacre in Whitchurch, dodged £38,679 in tax between 2014 and 2017. The tarmac transportation firm received a penalty of £24,689.

Companies House says the business has one director, Michael Phillips, who is also a director at MPS Services, an MOT and repair garage on Staunton Lane.

Mike Phillips Transport Ltd is “active” according to Companies House, but there is a proposal for strike-off because it has not posted accounts since 2018.

Following the appearance on the list, an MPS spokesperson said Mike Phillips Transport Ltd had not traded for more than three years.

He added: “What HMRC do not tell you is that this figure is mostly assessments made by someone who retired shortly after issue and no one else will take over the case to sort it out.

“HMRC advised they were going to allow strike-off to close the case and they have now issued this. It is all nonsense. We could prove there is very little to pay if HMRC were interested.”

What happens if you are named on HMRC’s list?

HMRC says: “If the additional tax and / or penalty is not paid within 30 days, the debt will be passed to colleagues within HMRC’s Debt Management who will take further steps in order to recover the amounts outstanding.

“We are committed to making sure people pay the tax they owe. For the minority who refuse to pay, HMRC has a range of tools available and we are able to publish the names of those penalised under civil procedures for deliberately defaulting on certain tax obligations.”

The Government department’s website warns: “If you wait until HMRC investigates you, and do not provide all the information we need right at the start of the investigation, you run the risk of having your details published.”

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