LHDN claims RM9.41 million arrears from senior lawyer

By John Isaac

THE Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) is going after senior lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah for alleged tax arrears of RM9.41 million.

The board, in its lawsuit filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court, alleged that Shafee owed the government the sum for unpaid tax over five years – 2011 (RM434,326.17), 2012 (RM978,854.11), 2013 (RM3.58 million), 2014 (RM1.73 million) and 2016 (RM1.82 million).

LHDN said notices of assessments for the five years were mailed to Shafee’s last known address here on May 31, 2019, but the notices were never returned to the department.

Shafee, who is representing Datuk Seri Najib Razak in all his 1MDB-related cases, was previously slapped with four counts of money laundering involving a sum of RM9.5 million, purportedly from the former prime minister, received seven years ago.

According to FMT, two out of Shafee’s four charges were related to allegations that he made false declarations to LHDN in 2014.

The money laundering case is pending before the High Court this year.

Meanwhile, Najib was also slapped with a RM1.69 billion tax bill for the period 2011 to 2017. A bankruptcy notice was issued against him for failing to pay the amount, after LHDN obtained a summary judgment.

Najib has since filed an appeal and is now seeking a stay of the summary judgment.