Matlock farmer sentenced for evading tax

A Derbyshire farmer, who evaded more than £70,000 of Income Tax contributions, has been sentenced.

Barbara Wayne, 62, of Grange Mill, Matlock, deliberately hid her income as a farmer for six years between 2011 and 2017, a HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation revealed. 

During that time Wayne stole £73,752 of Income Tax and National Insurance by failing to submit Self Assessment returns to HMRC. 

Wayne stole the money by lying about her income, and pocketing VAT she had fraudulently charged customers for her labour as a self-employed farmer and milk tester. 

Wayne admitted the fraud at Derby Crown Court on 1 March 2019. Today, 30 April 2019, she was handed a two-year prison sentence suspended for two years, at the same court. 

HMRC has now begun proceedings to reclaim the stolen tax.

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