As a tax barrister I have seen many court cases arising from incorrect VAT claims and today I read how Mr Alan Devere, a businessman from Oswestry, fraudulently claimed over £40,000 VAT credit from 2009 to 2012 through his computer repair company.
It seems that his claim for a £19,000 VAT refund for Ryanair flights aroused suspicion from HMRC.
Mr Devere received an 8 month prison sentence and 25o hours of community work by Judge Robin Onions, who suspended the sentence because Mr Devere is a carer for his disabled son.
It seems that Mr Devere may have been experiencing financial difficulties, like so many people in this country today.
I wish him and his family well and hope he’s back on the straight and narrow very soon.
Tax Barrister, Accountant