The unnamed man planned to leave the cash in the local church cemetery until the 20-year time-limit for tax investigations had passed, before digging it up.
But his ruse was uncovered by tax-inspectors who obtained permission to dig up the grave from the parish priest following a tip-off.
The cash was discovered and the Inland Revenue recovered its £50,000 share.
The elaborate tax-dodge was disclosed by Dave Harnett, Permanent Secretary for Tax, who said investigators are getting better at catching “greedy” cheats.
“Tax evasion isn’t a victimless crime. We all pay extra to compensate for the money cheats steal from the country,” he told The Sun.
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