Three directors of a data management software company have been disqualified from acting as company directors for a period of four years each.
Following an investigation by The Insolvency Service, Richard Harris, Marie Harris, and Pierre Yves Lelievre of Digital Docs Limited were banned for failing to pay taxes.
Mark Bruce, chief examiner at The Insolvency Service, said: “Directors who fail to pay taxes, especially after taking money from its customers, should not expect to get away with it as the money rightly belongs to the taxpayer.
“Other directors tempted to follow this path should get the message – if you run a business in a way that is detrimental to either customer or creditors you can expect to the lose the protection afforded by limited liability.”
Prior to Digital Docs’ liquidation, company creditors were paid although taxes owed to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) were not.
Northamptonshire-based Digital Docs Limited went into voluntary liquidation on 25 November 2011, owing £275,544, including £211,370 to HMRC in unpaid taxes.
The investigation found the company failed to submit VAT returns between September 2009 and September 2011. As a result, HMRC raised assessments and surcharged for £2,134.60.
From August 2009 and November 2011, £1,032,596 was paid out of the company bank account, of which £1,186 was paid to HMRC in respect of VAT and £429,720 was paid in respect of trade and expense.