Construction resourcing boss banned for failing to pay correct taxes

Boss of Bolton-based company that supplied construction workers has been disqualified for seven years for failing to declare all the company’s tax liabilities.

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RBT Dryliners and Plasters UK Limited was incorporated in 2015 and supplied sub-contract labour to the construction industry.

Roman Bogdan Piotrowski (45), from Manchester, was the sole director from April 2016 but only a year later caused the company to enter into Creditors Voluntary Liquidation.

This triggered an investigation by the Insolvency Service due to irregularities in RBT Dryliners and Plasters UK’s tax returns.

The Insolvency Service’s investigation established that for the period from May 2016 to January 2017, Roman Piotrowski declared just over £423,000 to the tax authorities regarding the company’s Construction Industry Scheme liabilities.

However, investigators discovered that RBT Dryliners and Plasters UK failed to declare further Construction Industry Scheme liabilities worth close to £220,000.

The investigation also established that Roman Piotrowski didn’t pay correct levels of VAT having filed inaccurate returns after failing to account for sales receipts of more than £3.9 million.

On 6 November 2018, the Secretary of State accepted a disqualification undertaking from Roman Piotrowski, after he admitted causing RBT to file CIS returns that failed to fully declare its liabilities, causing the company to file an inaccurate VAT return, and failing to account for sales receipts of £3,901,503.

Effective from 27 November 2018, Roman Piotrowski is banned for seven years from acting as a director or directly or indirectly becoming involved, without the permission of the court, in the promotion, formation or management of a company.

Jane Knight, Deputy Head of Insolvent Investigations for the Insolvency Service, said:

Roman Piotrowski failed to declare RBT Dryliners and Plasters UK’s true tax liabilities, depriving the Exchequer of money rightfully owed.

His disqualification will help prevent further loses to the public purse and also serves as a warning to other directors of their responsibilities and that disqualification will be the likely outcome should they fail to carry them out.

Notes

Roman Piotrowski resides in Manchester and his date of birth is October 1973.

RBT Dryliners and Plasters UK Limited (Company Reg. no. 09852103).

A disqualification order has the effect that without specific permission of a court, a person with a disqualification cannot:

  • act as a director of a company
  • take part, directly or indirectly, in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnership
  • be a receiver of a company’s property

Disqualification undertakings are the administrative equivalent of a disqualification order but do not involve court proceedings.

Persons subject to a disqualification order are bound by a range of other restrictions.

The Insolvency Service administers the insolvency regime, investigating all compulsory liquidations and individual insolvencies (bankruptcies) through the Official Receiver to establish why they became insolvent. It may also use powers under the Companies Act 1985 to conduct confidential fact-finding investigations into the activities of live limited companies in the UK. In addition, the agency deals with disqualification of directors in corporate failures, assesses and pays statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay employees, provides banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds and advises ministers and other government departments on insolvency law and practice.

Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available.

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