Najib lodges report against LHDN over RM1.69bil in additional taxes

PETALING JAYA: Former premier Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has lodged a police report against the Director-General and officers of the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) for purportedly "over-taxing" him.

The Pekan MP lodged the report at the Sentul police headquarters on Wednesday (Sept 8) and he also alleged that the additional taxes that were charged against him amounted to about RM1.4bil following the 14th General Election.

He also added that the additional taxes then rose to RM1.69bil, after additional late penalties were imposed by the LHDN's Special Action Department.

Najib also said in a Facebook post that he had forwarded evidence against LHDN to the police, adding that he was reliably informed that certain officers and politicians who were involved in the matter had gone against Section 167, Section 192, Section 196 and Section 197 of the Penal Code and Section 23 of the MACC Act.

Both Acts deal with power abuse and the use of falsified documents, said Najib.

"At the same time, I would also like to invite everyone, including tax auditors, to check my income tax files that were submitted to the Court."

Najib also said he will write to the LHDN to request for permission to reveal his income tax files for the relevant years.

"So anyone interested can see for themselves regarding the legitimacy of the additional tax penalties that are nonsensical and are against the law.

"I believe the police will investigate thoroughly and uphold justice for me," he added.

Earlier in his Facebook post, Najib claimed that certain individuals had approached him and apologised, saying that the RM1.69bil in income tax arrears were investigated three times since 2018.

"They admitted themselves that after three times the investigations were conducted thoroughly, they did not find any wrongdoing by me and no tax penalties should be charged against me," claimed Najib.

Najib also claimed that there are certain high ranking officers in the LHDN who directed the tax penalties to be charged against him adding that they had purportedly done so under orders by certain political figures.

"It is concerning because orders came from instructions by politicians and it is not based on facts of the investigations and the basis of law. In fact, this wastes the time of many, including myself, and there is a clear abuse of power," he said.

In the lengthy post, Najib explained that the RM1.69bil in income tax arrears were based on the RM2.6bil he previously received as political donation, which he later returned back four months after receiving it.

"But, this still counts as income," he added.

Other factors were the transfer of funds from his account under his name to another account under his name.

Najib also said the LHDN officers had received instructions not to allow his case to be heard by the Special Commissioners of Income Tax (PKCP).

On June 25, 2019, the government, through LHDN, filed the suit against Najib seeking payment for RM1.69bil, with interest at 5% a year from the date of the judgement, as well as costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.

It also said that Najib was given 60 days to pay the tax, together with the 10% increase, but had failed to do so.

On July 22, it was reported that the High Court ordered Najib to pay the government RM1.69bil in additional taxes and penalties.

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