KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government via the Internal Revenue Board (IRB) has filed a suit against former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (pix) seeking RM57.17 million in income tax arrears for the period between 2012 and 2017.
The Malaysian government as the plaintiff filed a writ of summons and statement of claim through the IRB on July 24 in the High Court here naming Tengku Adnan, also former Umno secretary-general as the defendant.
The government claimed that Tengku Adnan still owed income tax for the years of assessment 2012 to 2017, as stated in the Notice of Assessment dated March 15, 2019.
It said the Notice of Assessment was sent via AR registered post to the defendant on March 20 to his last known address and that the notice was received and signed on March 22.
It added that because Tengku Adnan failed to pay the income tax amount from 2012 to 2017 within 30 days from the date the Notice of Assessment was issued, as stipulated under Section 103 of the Income Tax Act 1967, a 10% tax increase was imposed.
The plaintiff said as the defendant had still failed to pay the income tax amount along with the 10% increase within the 60 days stipulated under Section 103, the amount was raised a further 5%.
The government claimed that to date, the defendant had still failed to pay the income tax due, including the increases, which totalled RM57,167,069.35.
The yearly tax amounts were RM64,444.38 (2012); RM6,614,861.59 (2013); RM8,887,576.69 (2014); RM9,198,523.67 (2015); RM5,520,818.05 (2016); RM26,880,844.97 (2017).
Accordingly, the government is seeking RM57,167,069.35 from the defendant, with interest rate of five per cent per annum from the date of judgment to the date of realisation, as well as costs and other relief deemed appropriate by the court.
Case management has been set for Aug 8 before Deputy High Court Registrar Farah Shuhada Ramli.
Tengku Adnan is currently facing two charges of corruption in the High Court for receiving RM2 million and RM1 million in bribes respectively, with one case under trial, and the other set to commence on Sept 3.
Meanwhile, on June 25, the Malaysian Government through the IRB filed a lawsuit against Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak demanding that he pay RM1.69 billion in income tax arrears owed between 2011 to 2017.
The case is set for case management on August 30 before Deputy High Court Registrar Nurliana Ismail. — Bernama