Raymond Doherty 26 Jun 2018 10:34am

BBC historian jailed for tax fraud

Howard Tuck, a historian that appeared in several BBC war documentaries, has been jailed for tax fraud

Tuck was given two years and three months for not declaring any earnings to HMRC over a six-year period from 2010 to 2016. His fraud totalled £115,446.

He had several jobs during this time – he was paid £960,844 to organise historical tours and battlefield visits and earned more than £40,000 for documentary work – but never registered with HMRC or paid income tax.

Tuck pleaded guilty to fraudulent evasion of income tax at Peterborough Crown in May and was sentenced this week.

Chris Gill, assistant director of HMRC’s fraud investigation service, said, “Tuck believed that his position in society would protect him from scrutiny but he was wrong. HMRC will investigate those who break the law.

“Tax fraud is not a victimless crime, it deprives vital public services of much needed funds,” he added.

Tuck has appeared in documentaries such as Escape From A Nazi Death Camp and Digging The Great Escape.