IRD liquidates vine contractor

CHLOE WINTER
Last updated 08:50 09/06/2014

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Blenheim contracting company Vine 2 Wine has been forced into liquidation after six years in business.

Liquidators Craig Melhuish and Michael Keyse, of HFK in Christchurch, were appointed last week, after the Inland Revenue Department applied in March for the liquidation.

The company was registered to Blenheim woman Rajinder Kaur.

Melhuish said he could not say how much the company owed its creditors until they had collated the information into a report. The first report was due on July 1.

An Inland Revenue spokeswoman said the department took matters such as this "very seriously" and encouraged people to talk to them early.

"It is very difficult to get away with not paying your tax obligations. By speaking to us early, we can assist with a payment arrangement and discuss further options. Simply not paying your fair share is not acceptable."

She was unable to provide information about how much the company owed the department, due to customer confidentiality.

Kaur's husband, Prubhjit Singh, was arrested last year and deported after spending five years as an overstayer following the expiry of his work visa in July 2008.

Singh, a former vineyard contractor, owed almost $1 million to New Zealand creditors, including ACC, Inland Revenue and the NZ Transport Agency, when he left the country.

Kaur could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

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- The Marlborough Express

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