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Ex-HMRC employee jailed for CIS fraud


A former HMRC employee has been jailed for three years for £358,000 Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) fraud.

Malcolm MacLean, a former Inland Revenue trainee tax inspector, was also the director of Shildon accountancy firm MacLean Fisher Tait Accounting & Taxation. He was arrested in May 2011 along with other directors Aiden Tait, and David Fisher, for the fraud.

An HMRC investigation showed...


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elansea's picture

Jailed accountants    1 thanks

elansea | | Permalink

Good riddance and well done HMRC.

Those fraudsters are one reason why tax rates are so high.

Legal tax avoidance: bring it on or change the law.

They are just criminals. It's a shame 2 of them will serve only a couple of weeks and even the ex Revenue man will be back in the free world within a year, I've no doubt. Their fiddle was probably worth it in those terms.

nogammonsinanundoubledgame's picture

Worth it?

nogammonsinanun... | | Permalink

elansea wrote:

Their fiddle was probably worth it in those terms.

I should hope that confiscation proceedings would wipe them out.

With kind regards

Clint Westwood

elansea's picture

Worth it

elansea | | Permalink

Good thought

Glennzy's picture

They are near me

Glennzy | | Permalink

I wonder if their clients would like a professional and honest person looking after their affairs whilst they are detained at her Majesty's pleasure.


thomas34 | | Permalink

with all of the above. But if the construction industry hadn't been singled out unfairly for special attention since the 1970s (SC60s, CIS deductions etc.) this couldn't have happened. Prejudice is illegal in most walks of life but not apparently in tax law. My experiences are that some of the tax deducted at source never finds it way to the Exchequer because of convenient company winding ups and that underdeclared income is no more rife than in any other sector of the economy.