A CLOSED St Aubin restaurant has been told to pay more than £12,000 in unpaid GST.
Shinzo, a sushi and steak restaurant which shut in May, was ordered by the Petty Debts Court to pay the outstanding sales tax, according to a recent judgment.
The £12,160.32 includes £1,405.32 from 2020, £10,207.41 from 2021 and £547.59 from 2022. The court has also authorised the States to seize Shinzo’s property as part of the repayment, provided the sale of seized movables takes place with its leave.
The judgment is the latest in a series of financial woes for the restaurant, which now owes more than £150,000 in total.
In July 2022, two separate judgments ordered Shinzo to pay more than £60,000 in unpaid ITIS contributions and nearly £71,000 in unpaid Social Security contributions.
Gavin Roberts, co-owner of Shinzo, previously claimed that he was owed £85,000 from the government’s Co-funded Payroll Scheme, which was established to support businesses through the pandemic, saying the restaurant would still be open if he had received that money.
However, responding to Mr Roberts’s claims, Ian Burns, the director-general of Customer and Local Services, said that the company had received in the region of £229,000 from the government’s business-support schemes and that outstanding claims had been satisfied. Three employees have also successfully made claims against Shinzo for unpaid wages, with total staff claims exceeding £7,300.