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Government denies hunt for Thaksin’s tax is politically motivated frameup

The military junta's yesterday dismissed allegations that the renewed attempt to collect capital gain tax from the fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra was politically motivated.

Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, the deputy prime minister for security affairs, insisted that the military-installed government's plan to collect tax from Thaksin Shinawatra over the Shin Corp stake sale in 2006 has nothing to do with politics.

Prawit's comment came after Dr Wissanu Krea-ngam, deputy prime minister for legal affairs, instructed the Revenue Department to complete a tax assessment by the end of March as the statute of limitation will expire March 31.

However Gen Prawit declined comment on the Revenue Department's tax assessment plan saying the issue has nothing to do with the government.

The Revenue Department and the Finance Ministry have to perform their duties and that it is not a politically motivated frameup, he said.

Meanwhile under the instruction of Dr Wisanu, the Revenue Department will have to forge ahead with the process of tax assessment and will officially inform Thaksin of the result before March 31.

The move will lead to an end to the existing statute of limitations, providing the authorities with more time to process tax collection.

If Thaksin disagrees with the tax evaluation, he has 30 days to make an appeal. If the appeal is unsuccessful, he can also petition the court.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)