Double glazing salesman hid his earnings

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A double-glazing salesman from Morley who hid his earnings from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for six years has been sentenced.

Adam Barraclough, of Mozart Way, signed a contract with Safestyle UK in 2007 stating that he would take care of his own tax affairs, before embarking on a successful career with the firm that saw him pocket £288,000.

For years, Adam Barraclough avoided paying what he owed, knowing full well that he should have registered with us

Jo Tyler, HMRC’s assistant director for criminal investigation

But despite earning almost double the UK national average salary, the 29-year-old failed to register as self-employed or pay any tax or National Insurance between 2007 and 2013. In total, Barraclough avoided paying more than £73,000.

He was caught out in 2014 when HMRC set up a taskforce to investigate self-employed people working in the double-glazing trade. He told investigators he knew that he should have registered with HMRC in 2007, but had instead ‘buried his head in the sand’.

HMRC’s assistant director for criminal investigation, Jo Tyler, 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.”

Barraclough was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment – suspended for 2 years – and 240 hours of unpaid work at Leeds Crown Court on Monday.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in tax evasion.

He has repaid £26,593 since being charged.