ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation
File photo: Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra
The Revenue Department has frozen almost Bt100 million in bank accounts of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as a consequence of his tax-evasion case which was revived earlier this year.
The ex-PM is convicted of avoiding billions of baht in taxes when he sold his shares in Shin Corp, a family business, valued at more than Bt70 billion in 2006.
The case would not expire for 10 years after the Revenue Department ordered Thaksin to pay Bt16 billion in taxes in March.
A source in the department said the agency would continue to freeze Thaksin’s assets when they are found. The department had to comply with the law as the former PM has been convicted of tax evasion, regardless of his current attempt to appeal the case, the source said.
The Office of Auditor General in March submitted a letter urging the Revenue Department to collect taxes from the ex-PM although the department’s director-general Prasong Poontaneat insisted the case was over and Bt46 billion of Thanksin’s assets had already been seized in 2010.
Finance Ministry inspector general Yuthana Yimkarun said an official of the Regional Revenue has been charged with negligence for failing to appeal with the Central Tax Court to recollect taxes from Thaksin after the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders had ruled the shares sold belonged to him.
The Finance Ministry permanent secretary was still considering whether certain high-ranking officials at the Revenue Department who were in office during the tax collection in 2006, should also be held accountable, Yuthana added.