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Steakhouse boss slapped with six-year ban for cooking the books

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The boss of a Hampshire steakhouse has been banned from running companies for six years after submitting inaccurate information to the tax authorities.

Mohamed Giash Uddin, who was a director of The Rancho Steak House, failed to submit accurate tax details over a three-year period.

The restaurateur under-declared more than £42,000 worth of VAT contributions between December 2013 and August 2017.

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This omission by Mohamed Uddin resulted in the company making additional profits, which meant the Portsmouth-based restaurateur should have paid increased corporation tax contributions totalling more than £27,000.

Mohamed Uddin’s misconduct was investigated after the business was liquidated in December 2018. This followed a petition submitted by one of the company’s creditors for it to be wound-up.

During their enquiries, investigators from the Insolvency Service also discovered that the company owed a further £21,000 in tax on loans to the directors, while also failing to pay outstanding penalties issued by the tax authorities.

The Secretary of State accepted a disqualification undertaking from Mr Uddin after he did not dispute that he failed to ensure that Rancho Steak House submitted accurate information to the tax authorities.

Effective from 13 January 2020, the Portsmouth restaurateur cannot, without the permission of the court, be involved in the formation, promotion or management of a company, directly or indirectly, for six years.

Dave Elliott, Chief Investigator for the Insolvency Service, said: “It wasn’t a one-off event when Mohamed Uddin failed to submit accurate information to the tax authorities but something he continued to do over several years, depriving the exchequer of statutory tax contributions.

“This disqualification means that Mohamed Uddin will not be able to run a limited company for six years and this will help to protect the tax authorities from future losses.”

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