Controversial UKIP candidate urged to stand down after VAT revelations

Halesowen News: UKIP candidate Dean Perks UKIP candidate Dean Perks

CONTROVERSIAL Halesowen and Rowley Regis UKIP candidate Dean Perks has been urged to stand down after it emerged he owed the taxman more than £10,000 in missed VAT payments.

Mr Perks, who runs property renovations company Changing Rooms, failed in a three year battle with HM Revenue and Customs after they ruled he was VAT registered when he thought he was not.

Mr Perks is also standing for UKIP in next week's Dudley Council elections for Upper Gornal and Woodsetton.

Leader of Sandwell Council Councillor Darren Cooper urged the UKIP candidate to immediately withdraw from the parliamentary and council races.

He said: "Both MPs and councillors have a great responsibility to make important decisions on public money so how can Mr Perks have any credibility when he cannot even run his own finances without getting in trouble over VAT.

"He should stand down or UKIP should deselect him."

Cllr Cooper added: "This is the man who said he looked up to Enoch Powell and believes Islamic Sharia Law has a place in our society, he is a laughing stock.

"And this joke candidate is indicative of all the stories across the country about the kind of people that UKIP attract."

Chairman of Halesowen and Rowley Regis Conservatives councillor Jeff Hill also questioned Mr Perks candidacy. He said: “As Conservatives, we want taxes to be as low as possible for everybody, but that means that everyone - businesses and individuals - must pay their fair share.

“For a parliamentary candidate to have attempted to gain an advantage over law-abiding competitors, by avoiding paying tax that he properly owed, is bound to raise questions over his suitability.”

Mr Perks told the News the episode was down to him being misinformed by his accountant and not through trying to avoid tax.

He said: "I was never guilty of not paying VAT, I have never refused to pay a bill back in my life. I am paying back what I owe now.

"I was misinformed by my accountant who told me I was deregistered when I was in fact not, so when I had a tax inspection a couple of years after they clearly wanted their chunk of my earnings.

"I went through several tribunals and appeals as I thought it was a genuine mistake, I even asked Dudley North MP Ian Austin for help but got none."

He added: "I have now received a lump sum from my accountant concerning the matter, and I am paying back what I owe."

"It is a disgrace Councillor Dean Cooper is poking around in my finances and I shall be seeking legal advice about his comments.

"It is an obvious case of attacking the candidate because Labour know they are going to get a kicking at the polls."

The full HMRC tribunal concerning Mr Perks  can be found at http://www.financeandtaxtribunals.gov.uk/judgmentfiles/j6351/TC01930.pdf.

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12:32pm Thu 15 May 14

Sam Vimes says...

Mr Perks should appeal on the grounds that he's in Take That or a close friend of David Cameron. Or any other excuse that all politicians offer when their variable tax arrangements get exposed.

The News must be chuffed that their embarrassing vendetta against this chap has finally borne fruit.
Mr Perks should appeal on the grounds that he's in Take That or a close friend of David Cameron. Or any other excuse that all politicians offer when their variable tax arrangements get exposed. The News must be chuffed that their embarrassing vendetta against this chap has finally borne fruit. Sam Vimes
  • Score: 3

4:43pm Thu 15 May 14

lynda waltho says...

Sadly for Mr Perks ignorance is no defence. It's his responsibility to ensure his taxes are paid on his business. It beggars belief that he seeks to blame somebody else for his own mistakes. His credibility is shot through.
Sadly for Mr Perks ignorance is no defence. It's his responsibility to ensure his taxes are paid on his business. It beggars belief that he seeks to blame somebody else for his own mistakes. His credibility is shot through. lynda waltho
  • Score: -5

4:45pm Thu 15 May 14

Harry Flashman says...

Well he hasn't contributed anything to Halesowen, he probably thought he didn't have to contribute to HMRC either.
Well he hasn't contributed anything to Halesowen, he probably thought he didn't have to contribute to HMRC either. Harry Flashman
  • Score: -3

8:03pm Thu 15 May 14

BloggerSte says...

I despise Ukip , but Cooper is a disgrace, when lots of his cabinet tweeted nastiness about Maggies death he did nothing , Two faced is what I call it, and for giving the pUBLIC away Cooper should resign
I despise Ukip , but Cooper is a disgrace, when lots of his cabinet tweeted nastiness about Maggies death he did nothing , Two faced is what I call it, and for giving the pUBLIC away Cooper should resign BloggerSte
  • Score: 4

10:05pm Thu 15 May 14

deanperks@live.com says...

I can't say too much as this will go legal. Linda Waltho I paid for professional advice and was vindicated by two separate judges and my former accountant has paid compensation so your opinion is worthless. Considering your expenses history It's a bit hypicritical.
I'm fighting a local election on policy and without attacking individuals while labour stoop to levels below the gutter. You should be ashamed. UKIP are the only party showing integrity and fighting on policy.
I can't say too much as this will go legal. Linda Waltho I paid for professional advice and was vindicated by two separate judges and my former accountant has paid compensation so your opinion is worthless. Considering your expenses history It's a bit hypicritical. I'm fighting a local election on policy and without attacking individuals while labour stoop to levels below the gutter. You should be ashamed. UKIP are the only party showing integrity and fighting on policy. deanperks@live.com
  • Score: 4

10:44pm Thu 15 May 14

Ray Burston says...

Whilst it is oh-so-easy for Lynda Waltho to say 'ignorance of the law is no defence', given that the last Labour government doubled the HMRC tax code handbook to over 10,000 pages of often inpenetrable gobbledegook I suspect there are an awful lot of people out there (Labour politicians included) who would be unable to fully recite chapter-and-verse of their full tax liabilities without the help of a competent accountant. And as I understand it, unfortunately for Dean Perks his accountant was anything but. If you read the report referred to it indeed notes that the tribunal panel expressed "some sympathy" with Dean for the predicament he found himself in.

    Anyone who has run a business will know only too well the pitfalls that await even the most minor failure to dot an 'I' or cross a 'T'. Therefore, it ill becomes Cllr Darren Cooper (who, in all likelihood, has probably never run a proverbial whelk stall nor filled out a VAT assessment form) to criticise those who do, and without whose hard work and self-sacrifice there would be no tax revenues at all for his council to spend.

    I have my own issues with UKIP, but deplore any attempts to substitute rational debate of those issues with a cheap stab at besmirching one of their more high profile local figures - especially if it transpires that details of his tax affairs was circulated by someone with the deliberate intention of casting aspersions of wilful wrongdoing.

   Therefore, Cllr Jeff Hill's more measured response is the right one, namely that this saga simply "raises questions" - implying as it does that if Dean Perks can provide satisfactory answers to those questions then there ought to be no issue with his candidacy for public office. If not, then on past form it won't take long for HMRC to pounce and make that candidacy untenable.
Whilst it is oh-so-easy for Lynda Waltho to say 'ignorance of the law is no defence', given that the last Labour government doubled the HMRC tax code handbook to over 10,000 pages of often inpenetrable gobbledegook I suspect there are an awful lot of people out there (Labour politicians included) who would be unable to fully recite chapter-and-verse of their full tax liabilities without the help of a competent accountant. And as I understand it, unfortunately for Dean Perks his accountant was anything but. If you read the report referred to it indeed notes that the tribunal panel expressed "some sympathy" with Dean for the predicament he found himself in.     Anyone who has run a business will know only too well the pitfalls that await even the most minor failure to dot an 'I' or cross a 'T'. Therefore, it ill becomes Cllr Darren Cooper (who, in all likelihood, has probably never run a proverbial whelk stall nor filled out a VAT assessment form) to criticise those who do, and without whose hard work and self-sacrifice there would be no tax revenues at all for his council to spend.     I have my own issues with UKIP, but deplore any attempts to substitute rational debate of those issues with a cheap stab at besmirching one of their more high profile local figures - especially if it transpires that details of his tax affairs was circulated by someone with the deliberate intention of casting aspersions of wilful wrongdoing.    Therefore, Cllr Jeff Hill's more measured response is the right one, namely that this saga simply "raises questions" - implying as it does that if Dean Perks can provide satisfactory answers to those questions then there ought to be no issue with his candidacy for public office. If not, then on past form it won't take long for HMRC to pounce and make that candidacy untenable. Ray Burston
  • Score: 7

8:41am Fri 16 May 14

Phil W Cooper says...

Every election, Labour roll out either leaflet issues or vile personal attacks on individuals, you can set your clock by the release of Labour's diatribe

But one look at whats Cooper's Labour party has done to this borough says it all , Poverty ,Desperation ,Unemployment and Labour's education has been appalling keeping generations poor.

Labour's team lack the skills of logical debate always go for the personal attack, this can be seen a local or MP level
Councillors, some have less qualifications than my 13 old grand son, having never run a business and unable to understand committee papers are given control of £Millions of public money,

The people should not be surprised when Labour waste it
and being vitriolic is the only thing they are good at.
Every election, Labour roll out either leaflet issues or vile personal attacks on individuals, you can set your clock by the release of Labour's diatribe But one look at whats Cooper's Labour party has done to this borough says it all , Poverty ,Desperation ,Unemployment and Labour's education has been appalling keeping generations poor. Labour's team lack the skills of logical debate always go for the personal attack, this can be seen a local or MP level Councillors, some have less qualifications than my 13 old grand son, having never run a business and unable to understand committee papers are given control of £Millions of public money, The people should not be surprised when Labour waste it and being vitriolic is the only thing they are good at. Phil W Cooper
  • Score: 6

5:32pm Fri 16 May 14

dudley old boy says...

Same old Labour.
Same old Labour. dudley old boy
  • Score: 1

12:45pm Sat 17 May 14

Sam Vimes says...

In fairness, the detail of tax case shows Mr Perks was the victim of his accountants failings.so once again he's turned the tables on the agenda against him with ease.
In fairness, the detail of tax case shows Mr Perks was the victim of his accountants failings.so once again he's turned the tables on the agenda against him with ease. Sam Vimes
  • Score: 3

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