Karl Byers v HMRC

Hammad Baig appeared for the Appellant in Byers v Revenue & Customs [2019] UKFTT 310 (TC) (13 May 2019). The appeal was against a VAT Civil Evasion Penalty Notice by the HMRC pursuant to s 61 of the Value Added Tax Act (‘VATA’).The penalty was imposed on the Appellant on the basis that an under-declaration of VAT by the company BSL Auto Services (South) Limited, a company of which the Appellant was a director, was attributable to his dishonest conduct.


The disputed decision was HMRC’s assessment notice dated 6 October 2008, in which HMRC held that BSL’s conduct which resulted in the under-declaration of VAT was in whole or in part attributable to Mr Byers’ dishonesty.


The issues considered by the Tribunal included:


· The penalty for under-declaration;


· Whether delays in proceedings have interfered with Appellant’s Article 6 Convention rights;


· Whether the Appellant was dishonest within the meaning of s 61 of VATA


· Credibility issue of witness evidence;


· The test of dishonesty for civil evasion penalty;


· Whether apportionment of penalty between the company’s deceased officers; and


· Whether penalty liability ‘discrete’.


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