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(File pic) The High Court fixed Dec 12 to hear a suit by the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) to recover RM57.17 million in tax arrears from former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor. (NSTP/MUHD ZAABA ZAKERIA)

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court fixed Dec 12 to hear a suit by the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) to recover RM57.17 million in tax arrears from former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

The court also fixed Nov 15 to hear his application for a stay of the proceedings.

The dates were fixed by deputy registrar Idamasliza Maarof when the matter came up for case management in chambers today.

IRB had on behalf of the government on July 24, filed the suit to seek RM57.17 million in income tax arrears from the years 2012 to 2017.

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 was sent via AR registered post to the defendant on March 20 to his last known address and 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 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 five per cent.

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 an 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.

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