Automotive firms named and shamed as HMRC publishes list of ‘deliberate tax defaulters’

  • Business and individuals from the motor trade appear on latest HMRC list of ‘deliberate tax defaulters’
  • Hefty fines handed out to six automotive people and businesses who intentionally dodged tax bills
  • Government department says list ‘encourages defaulters to engage with HMRC’

Time 9:12 am, January 4, 2024

Several businesses and individuals from within the motor trade have been named in a list of ‘deliberate tax defaulters’ by HMRC.

In a list published last month, six automotive companies and employees were publicly named and shamed by the tax office.

The list gives details of people and businesses who have deliberately defaulted on more than £25,000 in tax in a bid to ‘encourage defaulters to engage with HMRC’.

The government department says that everyone on the list has either ‘deliberate errors in their tax returns’ or has ‘deliberately failed to comply with their tax obligations’.

On the latest list is K A MOT & Repair Centre Ltd, of Staines, which was charged a penalty of £72,261.03 for issues with the same amount of tax between April 6, 2020 and April 5, 2022.

Meanwhile, another repair garage – ULS UK Ltd, in London – was fined £43,330.08 due to issues with a tax bill totalling £70,743 between April 2018 and September 2021.

There was also a £35,996.06 charge for Belfast-based mechanic Gary Dodds, who deliberately defaulted on £64,278.74 of tax between April 2013 and April 2019.

On its website, HMRC says of the list: ‘These deliberate acts have resulted in HMRC establishing an additional amount of tax of more than £25,000.

‘HMRC will only publish the details where the taxpayer has not made a full and immediate disclosure when HMRC started to investigate or prior to any investigation.

‘The list relates to deliberate defaulters who’ve been dealt with using civil proceedings.

‘The list does not contain details of criminal convictions of those found guilty of a criminal offence in open court and therefore the verdict and sentence is a matter of public record.

‘In many cases where tax criminals have been successfully prosecuted, HMRC releases details of the case and those convicted in a press release.’

The only car dealer to appear on the list was Stephen Michael Badge, who traded under the name ‘Manor Cars’ in Saltash, Cornwall.

The dealer was charged £28,503.31 over £58,170.06 of tax between April 2014 and April 2018.

Meanwhile, car valeter Mohammed Sabir Abdalkarim found himself with a £27,188.10 fine, relating to issues with £29,392.55 of tax, owed between April 2020 and April 2022.

The final automotive firm on the list was Auto George Ltd, based in Coventry, which dodged £28,778.32 in tax over two years between April 202- and 2022.

HMRC issued the company with a fine of £25,900.

Motor Trade’s biggest tax dodgers

K A MOT & Repair Centre Ltd (Trading as ‘K Amar MOT & Repair’)

Business trade or occupation: Vehicle repair and maintenance

Address: Unit 18, Timsway, Staines-upon-Thames, TW18 3JY

Period of default: April 6, 2020 to April 5, 2022

Total amount of tax/duty on which penalties are based: £72,261.03

Total amount of penalties charged: £72,261.03


Business trade or occupation:Motor vehicle repair and car parking facilities

Address: Upper Level, 97 Avenue Road, London, NW3 5EL

Period of default: April 1, 2018 to September 12, 2021

Total amount of tax/duty on which penalties are based: £70,743

Total amount of penalties charged: £43,330.08

Gary Dodds

Business trade or occupation: Mechanical repairs

Address: 66 Garnerville Road, Belfast, BT4 2NW

Period of default: April 6, 2013 to April 5, 2019

Total amount of tax/duty on which penalties are based: £64,278.74

Total amount of penalties charged: £35,996.06

Stephen Michael Badge (Trading as ‘Manor Cars’)

Business trade or occupation: Car sales

Address: Unit 11, Prideaux Close, Tamar View Industrial Estate, Saltash, PL12 6LD

Period of default: April 6, 2014 to April 5, 2018

Total amount of tax/duty on which penalties are based: £58,170.06

Total amount of penalties charged: £28,503.31

Mohammed Sabir Abdalkarim

Business trade or occupation: Car valeting

Address: Formerly of 7 Heatherway, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9AR

Period of default: April 6, 2020 to April 5, 2022

Total amount of tax/duty on which penalties are based: £29,392.55

Total amount of penalties charged: £27,188.10

Auto George Ltd (Formerly trading as ‘George’s Autos’)

Business trade or occupation: MOT and motor vehicle repairs

Address: Formerly of Unit 16, Stoke Row Industrial Estate, Coventry, CV2 4JQ

Period of default: April 6, 2020 to April 5, 2022

Total amount of tax/duty on which penalties are based: £28,778.32

Total amount of penalties charged: £25,900.48

*Information provided by HM Revenue and Customs


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Jack joined the Car Dealer team in 2021 as a staff writer. He previously worked as a national newspaper journalist for BNPS Press Agency. He has provided news and motoring stories for a number of national publications including The Sun, The Times and The Daily Mirror.

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