Court orders Vida to pay RM4.68mil in unpaid taxes before May 21

IPOH: The High Court her has ordered cosmetics millionaire Datuk Seri Hasmiza Othman (pic), popularly known as Dr Vida, to pay five years of unpaid taxes amounting to RM4.68mil before May 21.

This was recorded in an out-of-court settlement by Judicial Commissioner Anselm Charles Fernandis on Monday (April 9) after Inland Revenue Board (IRB) lawyer Nor Hidayah Mohd Anas filed its demands in chambers.

In the IRB's statement of claim, Hasmiza was required to pay the IRB RM4,686,435.79 in income tax for the period between 2011 and 2015 in accordance with Section 91(1) of the Income Tax Act 1967.

Hasmiza was not present in court and was represented by her counsel Zailan Mohamed.

When met by reporters, Zailan said discussions would be held with the IRB to restructure the payments and his client would settle the amount within the stipulated period.

Nor Hidayah said discussions were held between IRB and Hasmiza, but she had failed to comply with the terms of payment, prompting IRB to take the case to court.

She said the case would proceed on May 21 if Hasmiza failed to make the payment. – Bernama

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