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North-East restaurateur banned for tax abuse

A Sunderland restaurant boss has been disqualified from running companies for seven years after owing tax authorities £130,000.

Church View Restaurant Ltd was incorporated in July 2014 and traded as Ministers Restaurant on Church View, Sedgefield, in Stockton on Tees. Abdul Amin, was the sole director of the company and was required to register the restaurant for tax purposes.

The boss, however, failed to register the company and in 2016 was subject of enquiries by the authorities for unpaid taxes. 

Despite pressure from investigators, the company didn’t pay its tax liabilities, totalling more than £133,000. This resulted in tax authorities petitioning for the restaurant’s liquidation. 

The business was liquidated in August 2019 before being referred to the government’s insolvency services, who pursued disqualification proceedings against Amin for director misconduct.

On 13 October 2020, the Secretary of State accepted a disqualification undertaking from Amin after he did not dispute that he failed to ensure the restaurant complied with its statutory tax obligations.

Effective from 3 November 2020, Amin is now banned for seven years from directly or indirectly becoming involved, without the permission of the court, in the promotion, formation or management of a company.

Rob Clarke, chief investigator for the Insolvency Service, said: “Directors have statutory requirements to ensure their companies pay taxes. But our investigations uncovered that Abdul Amin’s behaviour was deliberate, putting Church View Restaurant at an unfair advantage over their competitors by not paying taxes.

“Seven years is a substantial amount of time to be removed from the corporate arena and Abdul Amin’s ban should serve as a warning to other rogue directors that if you neglect your obligations you could lose the privilege of limited liability trading.”

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