Taxman sues Shafee for RM9.4m arrears

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The Malaysian government, through the Inland Revenue Board (IRB), has filed a suit against lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, seeking payment amounting to RM9.41 million in tax arrears for five assessment years.


The writ of summons and the statement of claim were filed last May 6 at the Kuala Lumpur High Court, with Shafee, 69, named as the defendant.

Based on the statement of claim, obtained through the court’s e-filing system, the government claimed that an additional assessment amounting to RM621,291.85, RM978,854.11, RM3,581,500, RM1,735,124.03 and RM1,826,557,87 was made for the assessment years of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, respectively, through a notice, dated May 27, 2019, which was sent to the defendant.

It claimed that until now the defendant still failed to pay the amount.

As such, the plaintiff is seeking payment of RM9,414,708.32 from the defendant, at an interest rate of 5% per annum from the date of judgment until the date of realisation, costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.

Meanwhile, lawyer Muhammad Farhan Muhammad Shafee, representing Shafee, who is his father, said they have yet to receive the writ of summons from IRB.

A source from IRB, when contacted, confirmed not having served the writ of summons to Shafee yet, but said it would be served soon.

Shafee is representing former prime minister Najib Razak in the case involving misappropriation of SRC International Sdn Bhd and 1Malaysia Development Berhad funds.

Shafee is facing two charges with receiving RM9.5 million in proceeds from unlawful activities from Najib and two charges with making false declarations to the IRB.