24 Sep 2018

Brewery owner gets home detention over tax dodge

5:53 pm on 24 September 2018

A Christchurch brewery owner has been sentenced to home detention for not paying his staff's tax deductions for four years.

Christchurch District Court

Hayden George Jones faces six months of home detention for failing to pay staff tax deductions to Inland Revenue. Photo: Google Maps

Hayden George Jones was sentenced today in the Christchurch District Court on representative charges involving seven of his companies.

Jones owned Matson's Bar, Swiggers South Brighton and Swiggers Hoon Hay.

The bar and brewery owner was sentenced to to six months' home detention and community work. He was ordered to pay $205,000 in reparations immediately.

Inland Revenue spokesperson Karen Whitiskie said between December 2010 and June 2014, Jones didn't pass on $381,325 in PAYE deductions.

Karen Whitiskie said the offending was premeditated and prolonged, with Jones deducting money from his staff's wages, but not passing it on to Inland Revenue.