Banned curry-house bosses owed the tax­man thou­sands

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Letters And Opinion - By Chris Price Busi­ness Ed­i­tor cprice@thek­m­ @Thechrisprice

The direc­tors of an In­dian restau­rant have been banned from own­ing a com­pany af­ter hid­ing sub­stan­tial sums of money from the tax­man.

Moynoor and An­gura Rashid, who ran the Salma Restau­rant in Wing­ham, have been dis­qual­i­fied from act­ing as direc­tors of a busi­ness for a com­bined 10-anda-half years.

The pair were pun­ished af­ter their firm, Salma Cui­sine Lim­ited, was found to owe HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms (HMRC) more than £400,000 when it went into liq­ui­da­tion in Septem­ber last year.

Moynoor, 66, of Aca­cia Drive in Hers­den, was banned for seven years and per­son­ally deemed to owe the tax­man more than £80,000 for de­lib­er­ately sup­press­ing sales in­come.

An­gura, 63, of Ethel­bert Road, Can­ter­bury, was dis­qual­i­fied for three-and-a-half years for al­low­ing in­ac­cu­rate re­turns to be sub­mit­ted.

The bans fol­lowed a num­ber of unan­nounced and un­der­cover vis­its to the restau­rant by HMRC be­tween April and De­cem­ber 2013, where it tested the pro­ce­dures for record­ing cash tak­ings.

They found the com­pany had failed to record cash sales and had there­fore un­der-de­clared its VAT pay­ments. Tax in­ves­ti­ga­tors cal­cu­lated the com­pany owed more than £85,000 and added over £52,000 in penal­ties.

HMRC also re­assessed the firm’s cor­po­ra­tion tax li­a­bil­i­ties, say­ing it owed £135,000 due to its ad­di­tional profit.

David Brooks, chief in­ves­ti­ga­tor with the In­sol­vency Ser­vice, said: “The pe­ri­ods of these dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tions sends a clear message to other com­pany direc­tors

that tax abuse of any kind will not be tol­er­ated, es­pe­cially when tak­ings are chan­nelled to direc­tors.

“Much of the pub­lic ser­vice is funded by the cor­rect taxes be­ing paid. The pub­lic has been de­prived from re­ceiv­ing the ser­vices it de­serves.

“The In­sol­vency Ser­vice will not hes­i­tate to re­move bosses from the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment in or­der to pro­tect the pub­lic.”

The Ken­tish Gazette has been un­able to reach any­one at the Salma Restau­rant for com­ment

The Salma Restau­rant, Wing­ham

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