Kebab shop director takes away seven-year ban

The owner of a Norwich takeaway has been banned from being a director for seven years, after avoiding paying £400,000 owing to HMRC

Huseyin Gozel was appointed director of Mardin & Maras Ltd in June 2014. The company had been incorporated two years earlier and traded as Caesar’s Pizza & Kebab.

In September 2019, Mardin & Maras entered liquidation as it could not pay its debts, and an Insolvency Service investigation followed.

This found that from February 2013 until May 2018 Gozel had caused the company to deliberately supress its takings on returns submitted to the tax authorities.

Gozel had also deliberately failed to account for the correct PAYE tax and National Insurance tax contributions for four consecutive tax years between 2015 and 2019. This meant Mardin & Maras’ corporate tax returns were also found to be inaccurate from May 2014 until May 2018.

In total at liquidation, Mardin & Maras owed the tax authorities more than £400,000, including interest and penalties.

Lawrence Zussman, deputy director of insolvent investigations at the Insolvency Service, said: ‘Huseyin Gozel did not take his responsibilities as a director seriously enough and, throughout the time he was involved in the company, deliberately underdeclared 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.’

Pat Sweet |Reporter, Accountancy Daily [2010-2021]

Pat Sweet was the former online reporter at Accountancy Daily and contributor to the monthly Accountancy magazine, pub...

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