Najib’s Son Nazifuddin Has to Pay IRB RM37.6M in Unpaid Taxes

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Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s son, Datuk Mohd Nazifuddin has to pay RM37.6 million in unpaid taxes to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB).

This was after High Court judge Datuk Ahmad Zaidi Ibrahim today allowed the IRB’s application for summary judgment to be entered against Mohd Nazifuddin.

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A summary judgment is where the court decides on a certain case through arguments without hearing witness statements in a trial.

Justice Ahmad Zaidi ruled, among others, that the IRB as the plaintiff had proven its claim to be obvious and clear while the defendant (Mohd Nazifuddin) failed to show merits in his statement of defence.

The judge ordered for Nazifuddin to pay RM10,000 in costs to the IRB.

Senior revenue counsel Norhisham Ahmad appeared for IRB.

Meanwhile, outside the court, counsel Muhammad Farhan Muhammad Shafee, who appeared for Nazifuddin, said they will obtain a stay and appeal at the Court of Appeal against the decision.

He said an appeal to the Special Commissioners of Income Tax, which will deal with the merits of the tax assessment, has been fixed for case management this week.

The IRB via the Malaysian government filed the writ of summons against Mohd Nazifuddin, 37, on July 24, last year, claiming that he still had unpaid taxes for the assessment years from 2011 to 2017 as stated in the assessment notice dated March 15, 2019.