Petronas confirms lawsuit filed by Sarawak govt over state sales tax
2 month ago, 25-Nov-2019
Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) today confirmed that the Sarawak government and the comptroller of state sales tax have filed a lawsuit against it over the alleged failure to pay sales tax to the state. Reuters file photo
KUALA LUMPUR: Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) today confirmed that the Sarawak government and the comptroller of state sales tax have filed a lawsuit against it over the alleged failure to pay sales tax to the state.
Petronasconfirms that the comptroller of state sales tax of Sarawak and the Sarawak state governmenthave filed an action against Petronas before the High Court of Kuching on Nov 21, 2019, for non-payment of the Sarawak sales tax on petroleum products, thenational oilcompany said in astatement.
On Thursday last week, Sarawak Assistant Minister in the Chief Ministers Department (Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring) Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali said in a statement that Petronas hadnot paid the state sales tax for petroleum products under the State Sales Tax Ordinance 1998which was due to the state.
As a result, the state government is left with no choice but to commence legal action for the recovery of the unpaid taxes due, she said.
Neither her statement nor the one-paragraph statement issuedby Petronas today mentioned the amount being soughtfrom Petronas.
The five per cent state sales tax was imposed on Jan 1 this year and Petronas is said to be the only oil and gas company operating in the state which has not paid the sales tax. – Bernama
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