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Taxman in Malaysia goes after Najib’s daughter

The tax department alleged that Nooryana failed to declare her individual income under Section 77 of the Income Tax Act 1967 between 2011 and 2017

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The daughter of ex-Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak, Nooryana Najwa, is fighting  against the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) over a RM10.3 million claim.

The IRB on July 24 filed the writ of summons against Nooryana at the Shah Alam High Court, according to Bernama.

The tax department alleged that Nooryana failed to declare her individual income under Section 77 of the Income Tax Act 1967 between 2011 and 2017.

The claims come with a notice saying if she fails to pay within 30 days, an additional penalty of 10 percent will be imposed and another five percent in the subsequent 60 days.

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But Najib’s daughter says she had never thought she will be taxed being a joint-owner of a house with her husband. She says the tax department is after money given to her for household expenses by her husband.

“I also furnished proof, showing that my in-laws purchased a home directly using their funds from abroad. My husband’s family then listed me as joint-owner of the home.

“Somehow, this act of listing me as joint owner with my husband is now considered by the government as my ‘income’.

“And this forms the bulk of the ‘tax due’, even though the payment for the house did not even go through me,” she said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Aug 27),” she wrote on Facebook.

She said that when the IRB started auditing her last year.

She says she submitted all the proof, including detailed bank transfer documents that showed most of the so-called income from abroad were transfers from her husband’s family.

She says the government is after her family on all counts, calling it ridiculous.

“Just like in the case of my father and siblings, who have been similarly hit on a ridiculous basis, many who know the details of the case are shocked and speechless at how blatant (sic) the government is abusing the laws,” she says.

She adds she did not blame the people in IRB, as there were politicians higher up who were behind it. -/TISG

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