Wrexham poultry man receives ban for tax dodging

A director of a Wrexham poultry house has been banned for seven years for failures to ensure payment of the company’s taxes and account for company assets.

Darryl Glynn Martin of poultry catcher service D&S Poultry Limited, has been disqualified from practising after he was found to have failed to pay VAT to HMRC and non-compliance with the Liquidator to account for, or deliver up, the company’s assets.

The company went into liquidation on 10 February 2012, with an estimated deficiency to creditors in excess of £100,000 and an outstanding VAT bill of £60,000.

The ban was delivered at Wrexham County Court following an investigation by the insolvency service, which was launched into Martin after he was found to be paying trade creditors of D&S Poultry ahead of VAT between April 2009 and February 2012.

Following the investigation, Martin was also found to have failed to account for, or deliver up, assets to the Liquidator with an estimated value of at least £18,314, comprising monies owed to D&S Poultry, cash and a motor vehicle.

Robert Clarke, group head of insolvency investigations north at the Insolvency Service, commented on the ruling: “Directors have a duty to ensure that their companies maintain proper accounting records, and, following insolvency, deliver them to the office-holder in the interests of fairness and transparency.

“Without a full account of transactions it is impossible to determine whether a director has discharged his duties properly, or is using a lack of documentation as a cloak for impropriety.”

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