Restaurant director banned for nine years over unpaid tax

The director of a restaurant in West Yorkshire has been banned from the promotion, formation or management of any company for nine years after an Insolvency Service investigation found the establishment had not paid the correct level of tax due to the under-reporting of sales figures.

Azam Ali was the sole Director of Pabna Restaurant Ltd (Pabna), which operated as an Indian restaurant in Pontefract from 2006 to 2017, when it entered voluntary liquidation. Mr Ali had taken over the business from his brother in 2011 and made it a limited company the following year. The investigation that followed the insolvency found the true level of the firm's income had been suppressed and, consequently, less tax paid than was due.

Deputy Head of Investigations for the Insolvency Service Lawrence Zussman commented, "The ban of Azam Ali demonstrates our determination to clamp down on those directors who avoid paying the correct levels of tax and we will levy hefty periods of disqualification whether they cooperate or not."