IRB seeks RM9.4m in unpaid taxes from Najib's counsel Shafee

KUALA LUMPUR (May 17): The Malaysian government, through the Inland Revenue Board (IRB), has filed a suit against lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah for alleged unpaid taxes of RM9.41 million for the years 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

The suit was filed at the High Court here on May 6. Shafee is former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak's lead counsel in several of his present cases.

The IRB alleged in its statement of claim that it had sent additional assessment notices to Shafee's Bukit Tunku address between May 27 and May 30, 2019 for the amounts of RM621,191.85 (2011), RM978,854.11 (2012), RM3.58 million (2013), RM1.74 million (2014) and RM1.83 million (2016), but they remained unpaid.

However, for the year 2011, the statement says an amount of RM186,965.48 was deducted from the said amount owed resulting in less assessment for that year.

As Shafee was said not to have paid the amount within 30 days of the notice, a 10% interest was charged to the said amounts and an additional 5% interest was further imposed after he allegedly failed to pay within 60 days after that.

As a result, IRB says the amount the senior lawyer is said to have owed the government is in excess of RM9.41 million.

Hence, it is seeking that amount and a further 5% interest from the date of judgement and costs.

Besides this, the senior counsel has been slapped with two counts of money laundering for accepting cheques worth RM4.3 million on Sept 13, 2013, and another cheque for RM5.2 million on Feb 17, 2014 from Najib, and another two charges of giving false statement to IRB, for which he had claimed trial.

His trial has yet to commence.

Besides this, the government through the IRB had also sought taxes of RM1.69 billion from Najib, his children Datuk Mohd Nazifuddin Najib, Datuk Mohd Nizar Najib and Nooryana Najwa Najib.

Only Nooryana Najwa managed to set aside the notice, while the IRB has obtained summary judgment against her father, along with Nazifuddin and Nazir.

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