Tag Archives: HMRC

OPINION: Is HMRC’s ‘hot or not’ test unfairly penalising cafe and restaurant owners?

Foodservice business owners might be being unfairly penalised by HMRC, in particular for how VAT is applied on food applying the ‘hot or not’ test, writes Annette Stone of Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants. A client who operates a takeaway recently found themselves the subject of an HMRC VAT investigation. HMRC has a taskforce dedicated to looking

Administrators put Hotcha’s assets up for sale after £35m money laundering probe

Administrators are hoping to find a buyer for the assets of Chinese takeaway Hotcha following its dramatic collapse in the wake of a £35m money laundering operation. Moorfields Advisory Limited was brought in last week to try and sell all or part of its assets after the group stopped trading. Hotcha operated a Chinese takeaway

Jail time for Edinburgh restaurateur guilty of £87,000 VAT evasion

The owner of two Indian restaurants in Edinburgh has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after his VAT evasion was uncovered by an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation. Hermann Rodrigues, 55, from Kilmaurs Terrace, Edinburgh, the former proprietor of two restaurants in the city, was detained in December 2011 on suspicion of VAT

HMRC’s undercover ‘restaurant taskforce’ busts councillor who cooked the books

A parish councillor and his brother, who lied about the takings at their Lincolnshire restaurant to steal almost £64,000 in tax, have been jailed. Turon Miah served the community as a Metheringham Parish Councillor between October 2012 and March 2015 while running Mowgli in the local village, with his younger brother Sufi Miah. But an