TWO Ayrshire businessmen have been included in a government list of deliberate tax defaulters released this week.

The details, published by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), 'name and shame' people and businesses who have been given financial penalties for failing to comply with tax obligations or deliberately filing errors in tax returns.

HMRC's current list of deliberate tax defaulters, updated on March 23, features Scott Thompson - formerly of Larchwood Road in Ayr and Duncan Drive in Irvine, who is named along with George David Brown, previously of Clyde Terrace in Ardrossan.

According to the new information, Mr Thompson, a joiner, was charged total penalties worth £32,289.16 on £53,602 of tax defaulted on between April 2018 and April 2021.

Meanwhile, share fisherman Mr Brown was charged £24,497.04 in penalties on £39,195.31 of tax defaulted on over an eight-year period, from April 2010 to April 2018.

Here are the Ayrshire businesses named and shamed by HMRC:

Scott Thompson

Business, trade, occupation: Joiner

Address: Formerly of Larchwood Road, Ayr, KA7 3TA and Duncan Drive, Irvine, KA12 0HY

Period of default: April 6, 2018 to April 5, 2021

Total amount of tax/duty on which penalties are based: £53,602

Total amount of penalties charged: £32,289.16

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George David Brown

Business, trade, occupation: Share fisherman

Address: Formerly of Clyde Terrace, Ardrossan, Ayrshire, KA22 7EG

Period of default: April 6, 2010 to April 5, 2018

Total amount of tax/duty on which penalties are based: £39,195.31

Total amount of penalties charged: £24,497.04

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HMRC routinely releases the information of those who made at least one deliberate default on more than £25,000.

This list is updated every three months and the information is deleted after one year.

The information above was listed on the government website on the day this story was published.