HMRC names Rice Bowl in UK-wide ‘tax cheat’ list

The Rice Bowl in Springtown, in 2010.
The Rice Bowl in Springtown, in 2010.

Londonderry Chinese restaurant proprietor, the Rice Bowl Ltd., has been named by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), in a list of what is describes as United Kingdom-wide ‘tax cheats.’

The company, formerly of Unit 1, Springtown Industrial Estate, was named by the taxman for having defaulted on nine different dates with penalty amounts ranging between £4,571 and £5,043 between 2010 and 2012.

The total amount of tax on which the penalties were based ranged from £5,898 and £6,507.

A number of other businesses and individuals from Northern Ireland are also listed.

These include Mr Karol Ruddy, a steel fabricator, formerly of 17A Altmore Road, Pomeroy; Mr F J Graham, a farmer, of 8 Caherty Road, Broughshane; and Patrick Mackin, a haulier, of 32 Blue Road, Gilford, Craigavon.

Each defaulter named has either; deliberately submitted inaccurate returns, deliberately failed to comply with an obligation, or deliberately committed a wrongdoing which would have cheated the Exchequer out of more than £25,000 if HMRC had not carried out an investigation.

They have chosen not to take the opportunity to fully disclose the extent of their tax liability or cooperate with our investigation.

HMRC’s Jennie Granger, Director General for Enforcement and Compliance, said: “The majority of people declare the tax that is due, but there are a small minority who try to evade their responsibilities. Publishing taxpayers’ names is not something we do lightly. We are publishing the names of tax cheats as it lets the community know we are tackling this and encourage others to get back on track.

“Each person named today has cheated the Exchequer out of more than £25,000, and that’s unfair to those who pay their tax. In the last year, penalties have ranged from £10,000 to over £29 million.

“We urge people to come forward, so we can help them get back on track. It is always easier if people make a full and prompt disclosure and co-operate with HMRC. If they do this, they will avoid being named.”

Details of deliberate defaulters can be found at