Caesar’s Pizza & Kebab owner Huseyin Gozel has been banned from trading for seven years after the Insolvency service revealed the restaurant’s undeclared takings and £400,000 worth of owed tax.
Huseyin Gozel, director of Mardin and Maras Limited, which operates the kebab restaurant, entered into liquidation in September 2019 after the company was unable to repay its debts.
Investigators from the service found that from February 2013 until May 2018, Gozel had “deliberately suppressed” its takings on returns submitted to the tax authorities.
Gozel had also reportedly failed to account for the correct PAYE tax and National Insurance tax contributions for four consecutive tax years between 2015 and 2019. This resulted in inaccurate corporate tax returns from May 2014 until May 2018.
On 11 December 2020, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said it accepted an undertaking from Gozel after he did not dispute that he failed to submit accurate tax returns.
As of 1 January 2021 Gozel has been banned 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
Lawrence Zussman, deputy director of Insolvent Investigations, said: “Huseyin Gozel did not take his responsibilities as a director seriously enough and, throughout the time he was involved in the company, deliberately under declared sales to avoid the takeaway meeting its tax obligations.
“More than £400,000 is missing from the public purse due to Huseyin Gozel’s misconduct and this disqualification means he will be banned from acting as a director in any business for seven years.”