Raymond Doherty 27 Jun 2018 05:39pm

Serious fraud barrister jailed for tax fraud

A barrister who specialised in serious fraud claimed he did not know it was illegal for him not to pay his tax

HMRC said that Peter Moss was warned several times over a 14-year period that he had failed to submit VAT or Self-Assessment returns which resulted in a loss of £138,500 to the Revenue.

Moss, who has been jailed for 18 months, claimed he owed money to a number of people and that he settled his debts according to “whoever shouts the loudest”.

“There is no doubt Moss was aware of his responsibilities as he had received previous warnings. He was abusing the tax system and depriving public services of vital funding to give himself an unfair advantage over his honest competitors,” said Paul Maybury, assistant director of HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service.

Moss has been registered as a sole trader since 1985, earning more than £600,000 between 2008 and 2016. He failed to submit 26 VAT returns.

At Leeds Crown Court he was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of Income Tax and being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of VAT.