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Accountant fined for blocking investigation

14 October 2016

Middlesex accountant, Anil Shah, has been fined £25,000 under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act for failing to comply with disclosure notices.

Despite being served with legally binding documents Shah refused to assist HMRC officers who were investigating suspected tax evasion by his clients.

The disclosure notices require individuals to share paperwork and information with HMRC when part of a criminal investigation. Shah ignored these and lied by claiming he didn’t act for the clients involved, when he did.
Two of Shah’s clients were jailed for seven years in 2015 for a £1.2m VAT fraud. A further trail of a number of his, now, former clients is due to conclude at the end of this month.

Shah has been warned that if he does not pay the fine within 28 days he will face 18 months in prison.

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