Byron Bay Cookie Company Gourmet Foods Marketing Manager Emilie Emond with a varity of cookies that were sent over to Japan after the earth quake.
Byron Bay Cookie Company Gourmet Foods Marketing Manager Emilie Emond with a varity of cookies that were sent over to Japan after the earth quake. Jay Cronan

ATO instructs Byron Bay Cookie Co to close business

EIGHTY mostly local jobs hang in the balance after the Australian Taxation Office served the Byron Bay Cookie Company with court documents to wind up the Byron Bay Industrial Estate based business.

After rumours surfaced about the company, as late as last Friday a spokeswoman was insisting that it was business as usual and they were pushing ahead with their expansion plans, which includes a contract to supply Woolworths supermarkets and moving into a second factory on their Brigantine St site.

But it has since been revealed that last Thursday, the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation lodged documents against the gourmet biscuit producer in the Federal Court.

It is unclear how much the company, owned by Slater International, owes the tax office.

But the company has issued a statement claiming that the ATO's actions would not disrupt their business.

"We have been advised that the ATO has issued a court notice against part of the manufacturing division of the company," the statement reads.

"We are attending to the matter and will issue a formal statement in due course.

"The Byron Bay Cookie Company has been proudly Australian owned and baked for 23 years and we are dedicated to ensure the continued success of our organisation."

The ATO declined to comment.

The matter will be heard in the Federal Court on April 12.



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