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Najib's son records consent order in IRB's RM13.16m tax suit

PUTRAJAYA (Sept 3): Datuk Mohamad Nizar, son of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, has recorded a consent order with the Special Commissioners of Income Tax (SCIT) over the payment of income tax arrears.

Following this, businessman Mohamad Nizar, 43, will be withdrawing his appeal at the Court of Appeal against a High Court's decision which granted a summary judgment in the tax suit filed against him by the Inland Revenue Board (IRB).

His lawyer Muhammad Farhan Muhammad Shafee confirm this when contacted by Bernama.

Meanwhile, Mohamad Nizar's other lawyer, Wee Yeong Kang said that the consent order was recorded before SCIT on Aug 26.

He said the consent order recorded was in relation to the additional tax assessment for the assessment year 2011 to 2017 inclusive of 10 per cent and five per cent penalties amounting to RM13,159,821.94.

He (Mohamad Nizar) will be withdrawing his appeal at the Court of Appeal. We have emailed the notice of discontinuance (NOD) to the IRB litigation branch in Kuala Lumpur branch today and would be filing the NOD as soon as it has been approved by the IRB litigation branch, Wee said when contacted.

The matter came up for case management today before Court of Appeal deputy registrar Mariam Hasanah Othman.

Wee, who appeared for Mohamad Nizar, and senior revenue counsel Muhammad Nabil Abdul Halim attended the case management.

Wee said the next case management has been fixed on Sept 9 to update on the status of the notice of discontinuance on the appeal.

On Aug 7 last year, the Shah Alam High Court allowed IRB's application for a summary judgment against Nizar and ordered him to pay RM13.16 million in unpaid taxes for the assessment years from 2011 to 2017. He subsequently filed an appeal to the Court of Appeal against this decision.

A summary judgment is where a court decides a case through arguments without hearing the testimony of witnesses in a trial.

In her judgment, Judicial Commissioner Julie Lack Abdullah ruled that the issues raised by Mohamad Nizar were devoid of merits and did not constitute triable issues.

She was of the view that the taxpayer must pay his taxes regardless of his dissatisfaction with the amount or for any reason.

It was reported on May 31 this year that Mohamad Nizar had agreed to settle his tax arrears owed to IRB.

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