Scrap oufit’s tax debt soars

A FORMER Ossett scrap metal firm owes the taxman £67m – more than three times what was first thought.

Eric France, which went bust two years ago, was previously said to be £21m in arrears.

The figure then rose to £47m and now stands at £67m according to papers filed with Companies House.

HMRC are trying to recover the cash from JKL (Wakefield) Ltd, which traded as Eric France Metal Recycling.

The firm, of Church Street, sponsored Dewsbury Rams and Ossett Town’s ground.  Luxury items and even homes have been sold off in a bid to pay the firm’s creditors.

In November, 2013, vehicles including a McLaren MP4 supercar went under the hammer at auction.

Documents show £246,783 was received from Kathleen France following the sale of one of her residential properties.

Former director Jody Firth sold a home which brought in £112,868 and Albert Goddard contributed £12,957.

Other sums raised include £9,501 for two watches and two private number plates for £1,500.

Mr Firth was banned last year from being a director for 13 years and Mr Goddard for seven years following an insolvency probe.

The firm was found to owe at least £50m in unpaid VAT and £4.88m in unpaid PAYE tax and national insurance.

Joint administrators KPMG and PwC said they are continuing their pursuit of assets on behalf of creditors.

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