A cleaning company director has been disqualified for sweeping up instead of paying taxes.
Paul Morris, director of the Leeds-based company Morris Morris (UK) Ltd, earned a disqualification for six years starting December 2013 for failing to pay taxes, paying himself instead.
Morris Morris entered creditors’ voluntary liquidation in November 2011 with a loss of £159,317.
In the course of the investigation conducted by The Insolvency Service, it was discovered that by the date of the liquidation Morris’s director’s loan account was overdrawn by £153,729.
The company was already in tax arrears during the time that Morris paid himself.
At the time of liquidation, Morris Morris owed HMRC £78,108 in VAT and £63,321 in PAYE/NIC.
Morris did not contest that between April 2010 and October 2011, he instigated a total of £93,622 in payments by the company through his director’s loan account.
Robert Clarke, head of insolvent investigations north at The Insolvency Service, said: “This disqualification shows that the Insolvency Service will vigorously pursue directors who seek to benefit from money which should have been used to pay tax.”