Taxmen go after Najib’s son for RM37.6 million owed in taxes

Nazifuddin Najib.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) has filed a lawsuit against Najib Razak’s son, Nazifuddin, claiming tax arrears of more than RM37.6 million over seven years.

In the suit filed last month, LHDN said Nazifuddin, a businessman, claimed that he had not filed his tax returns from 2011 to 2017.

“We sent him a notice on March 18, asking him to pay, but he failed to do so,” LHDN added.

It said Nazifuddin owed RM1.54 million in 2011, RM5.71 million in 2012, RM5.44 million in 2013, RM3.78 million in 2014, RM1.79 million in 2015, RM2.27 million in 2016 and RM12 million in 2017.

“As he failed to pay the arrears within 30 days of the notice, a 10% increase was added to the amounts for the years 2011 to 2017.”

LHDN said the government has the right to get back the amount owed in tax arrears as well as the 10% increase on the unpaid money.

LHDN also imposed an additional increase of 5% on the arrears after Nazifuddin failed to respond.

The High Court has set Aug 9 for case mention.

Nazifuddin is one of Najib’s three children from the former prime minister’s previous marriage with Tengku Puteri Zainah Tengku Eskandar.

He was reported to be engaged to an Indonesian politician this year.

He was also the secretary-general of the Olympic Council of Malaysia.