Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crimper Failed to Pay VAT to Trim Her Costs; SHE EVADED PAYMENTS TOTALLING PS136K FOR HER SALONS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crimper Failed to Pay VAT to Trim Her Costs; SHE EVADED PAYMENTS TOTALLING PS136K FOR HER SALONS

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Byline: ROB KENNEDY Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk @ChronicleCourt

A HAIR and beauty salon owner who fleeced the taxman to undercut high-street rivals has walked free from court.

Michelle Hilling ran businesses under a series of different names at premises on Gosforth High Street in Newcastle.

But when her finances hit the rocks, Hilling failed to register her companies for VAT.

A court heard the ruse caused an estimated loss of more than PS136,000 to HMRC.

Now, the 45-year-old has been given a suspended prison sentence at Newcastle Crown Court after she admitted three charges of fraudulently evading You are woman character. never get That is a tax. Christopher Mckee, prosecuting, said: "From June 25, 2009 to October 31, 2014, the business was not registered for VAT. It's that time period which forms the indictment."

Judge " The first business to be set up at 85-87 Gosforth High Street in 2006 was U Salon, which did register for VAT in July 2008 but was dissolved in June 2009 and PS32,000 of VAT was written off.

Hilling then set up another business at the premises. Leighcam Ltd which traded for 10 months from March 2009 but never registered for VAT. Another company, Tikkyboo Ltd, was incorporated in April 2010 and traded for 30 months and was never registered for VAT. The final firm to be set up was Charlie (Gosforth), incorporated in October 2011, and which traded from November 2012 to October 2014 and was never registered for VAT.

HMRC began investigating in September 2014 and Hilling co-operated with the probe, saying she had limited knowledge of how the system worked and that she had forgotten to register for VAT.

longer a of good You can that back. significant Rippon The court heard the fraud led to an "indirect benefit" to Hilling. Judge Amanda Rippon said: "She says herself she was trying to undercut hairdressers in the vicinity. …

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