Appeal or no, Najib has to pay RM1.96bil owed to IRB

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak still has to pay his income tax for the assessment years 2011 to 2017 totalling RM1.69bil even if he has filed an appeal to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) against the tax assessment.

IRB Monitoring Unit assistant director Hisyamuddin Mohd Hassan, 42, in his supporting affidavit, said according to Section 103 of the Income Tax Act 1967, all the assessed tax shall be due and payable on the day the notice of assessment is served.

This applies whether or not the person appeals against the assessment.

The supporting affidavit was filed on Aug 8 in relation to the writ of summons filed by the Government of Malaysia against Najib, seeking payment of RM1.69bil in income tax from the former premier owed the IRB for the assessment years 2011 to 2017.

Hisyamuddin said Subsection 106(1) of the same Act, stated that tax due and payable might be recovered by civil proceedings as debt due to the government.

“I would also stress that Subsection 106(3) of the same Act provides that in any proceedings, the court shall not entertain any plea that the amount of tax sought to be recovered is excessive, incorrectly assessed, under appeal or incorrectly increased, ” he said in the affidavit.

Hisyamuddin said he believed that Najib, as the defendant, had no defence with merit in the claim and that the plaintiff had the right to obtain the relief sought.

“I would like to stress that since the notice of (additional) assessment has been served properly to the defendant on March 25, it is proven that the defendant has been notified about the amount of his taxable income, the assessed tax, the place where the tax should be paid, the increased assessment and appeal against the assessment or increased assessment.

“As such, the tax liability has become due and payable by the defendant, ” he said, adding that the IRB had also applied for a direct judgment in the suit against Najib for a sum of RM1.69bil.

The media obtained copies of the documents today.

On Aug 8, Najib reportedly filed for a stay of court proceedings on his taxable income pending a reassessment appeal with the IRB.

On June 25, the government through IRB filed the suit against Najib seeking him to pay a total of RM1, 692, 872, 924.83, with interest at 5% a year from the date of judgment, as well as cost and other relief deemed fit by the court. – Bernama

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