A self-employed courier from Northampton, who attempted to steal £53,000 in tax by hiding his true income for almost five years, has been jailed.
Majid Ali, 49, from Byfield Road, Northampton, failed to register as self-employed between 2008 and 2013, evading almost £21,000 in Income Tax and being overpaid £32,000 in Tax Credits.
When the father-of-three finally registered in 2013, he continued to under-declare his true income and an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) unearthed the depth of his fraud.
Ali pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and was sentenced to 21 months in prison when he appeared at Northampton Crown Court today.
Stuart Taylor, from the HMRC’s fraud investigation unit, said: “Ali knew he should have been paying income tax and National Insurance on his earnings, but simply chose not to do so.
“By not declaring his earnings, he was claiming large amounts of tax credits he wasn’t entitled to.
“It was pure greed on his part as he stole money that should have been funding vital public services.
“We do not tolerate this behaviour.”
HMRC said that anyone with information about people dodging tax can call its Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000.