The owner of two small bars has been hit with a big tax bill and could be forced into liquidation after the Australian Taxation Office launched Federal Court proceedings last month.
Documents obtained by _ The West Australian _reveal Dark Horse Developments, which owns The Suite in Shenton Park and The Cabin in Mt Hawthorn, owes more than $500,000 in unpaid taxes.
The Deputy Commissioner of Taxation has asked the court to have the company, owned by Peter and Brendon Aitken, wound up. The application will be heard on February 21.
Brendon Aitken said there was no dispute about the size of the company's debt, but it was caused by a cash flow shortage.
Mr Aitken expected to be able to pay the debt, in full, over the next year.
"That is what we have submitted to them and we are waiting to hear back now," he said. "We are in constant communication and hopefully we can reach some agreement to stop it going to final hearing."
On its website, the company claims to be able to help prospective hospitality business owners set up their venture. It offers help with interior design, architecture, building, graphic design, licensing, advertising and marketing.
The Suite and The Cabin have been finalists in the Australian Hotels Association WA awards in recent years. The Cabin was also a national finalist in 2010 in the "best contemporary bar" section.
'Hopefully we can reach some agreement.'"Small bar owner *Brendon Aitken *