Celebrity PR's tax trial opens in Bristol

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Cowboy hat-wearing PR guru Richard Hillgrove will be defending himself on charges of tax fraud in Bristol this week.

Opening the prosecution on Tuesday (4 March), Mr Joss Ticehurst QC outlined how Hillgrove is alleged to have cheated the public revenue of more than £90,000

The first count deals with Hillgrove’s failure to pay an estimated £52,000 in VAT, for which he allegedly billed clients but did not pass onto HMRC; the second relates to £41,000 in PAYE, which he deducted as from staff salaries, but did not remit to HMRC.

Ticehurst told the court...

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