The CEO of Artesian Builds is accused of tax evasion after a controversy over a giveaway

Artesian Builds CEO Noah Katz has been accused of tax evasion after the company’s business license was forfeited in California. It comes after he was embroiled in a controversy for denying a small streamer his PC giveaway prize live on Twitch.

Artesian Builds, a popular PC maker, came under fire this week after CEO Noah Katz revoked a live stream giveaway because the winner didn’t have a large enough fan base.

The streamer “kiapiaa,” who has since blown up following the controversy, was denied a free PC after participating in the company’s ambassador giveaway. Katz also belittled the streamer’s social media following, while others spoke of experiencing the same thing.

However, the story continues to unravel as people delve into Katz’s background. Now, Twitch streamer “Onepeg” claims Katz forfeited his business license in California for not paying state taxes.

A company named Artesian Future Technology, registered in California under the name Katz, forfeited on March 2, 2022. according to an online database.

The exact reason was not mentioned, the Franchise Tax Board States “If your business has been suspended or forfeited, it will be in bad faith and lose its rights, authority and privileges to conduct business in California.”

To get the company back, board members must file all tax returns, pay all dues, and also pay an $800 fee to “revive” their business. Without doing so, Artesian Builds cannot legally do business in the state.

Onepeg also claimed Artesian could not pay for the license November 2021 to build PCs in California.

The parent company of Artesian Builds, under the same name in North Carolinawill still be listed as active.

Since the controversy went viral, Artesian Builds has lost its partnership with OTK, Pestily, and other streamers. Names like NICKMERCS are also evaluating their dealings with the company.

Artesian Builds apologized for the giveaway controversy, with Katz stating that he “takes full responsibility” and that he “made the wrong decision” not to release the PC.

The company reached out to kiapiaa shortly after the statement was released, with the streamer rejecting their offer. The CEO of Artesian Builds is accused of tax evasion after a controversy over a giveaway

Emma Bowman

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