Arrest warrants against 2 directors for not paying employees’ taxes

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KUALA LUMPUR: Warrants of arrest have been issued against two company directors for not attending court proceedings yesterday over income tax payments of their staff.

The Star named them as Johari Mohd Noh, 63, from shipping company Gagasan Carriers Sdn Bhd, and Aminuddin Bushra, 51, of IT company Majesco Sdn Bhd.

Magistrate Zuhair Rosli fixed June 15 for mention of the case again.

According to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB), the men were to have appeared in court to answer charges under Section 120(1)(e) of the Income Tax Act 1967, for failing to pay the taxes of their employees.

The IRB said under subsection 83(5) of the Act, employers are required to pay taxes from money or benefits withheld by the employer for employees who are leaving Malaysia with no intention of returning.

If convicted, the company directors would be liable for a jail term of up to six months, or a maximum fine of RM20,000, or both, the report said.

In April, the IRB took out a warrant of arrest against a young actress who failed to show up at the Shah Alam magistrate’s court over non-payment of taxes.

The IRB had said the unnamed 23-year-old had allegedly failed to file her tax returns for the assessment years of 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The IRB is cracking down hard on tax evaders this year.