UOA Development slapped with additional RM39.62m tax bill on property valuations

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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 11): UOA Development Bhd said two of its wholly-owned units have been served with notices of additional assessment for additional income tax and penalties totalling RM39.62 million.

The notices were served for the year of assessment 2013 by the Inland Revenue Board, the group said in a stock exchange filing today.

Windsor Triumph Sdn Bhd was charged with an additional assessment of RM8.99 million and penalty of RM4.94 million for an adjustment by the IRB on the market values of properties that the subsidiary had withdrawn as stock-in-trade to hold as an investment property.

Meanwhile, Sunny Uptown Sdn Bhd was charged with an additional assessment of RM16.57 million and penalty of RM9.11 million for an adjustment by the IRB of the selling price of properties that the subsidiary had assigned to another wholly-owned unit of UOA Development.

The group said that its subsidiaries have appealed to dispute the notices of additional assessment.

“Upon consulting the company’s tax solicitors, (we are) of the view that there are strong grounds to challenge the basis and validity of the disputed Notices of Additional Assessment raised by the IRB and the penalty imposed,” UOA Development said.

It also said that both subsidiaries had relied on valuations by an independent and experienced registered valuer.

These valuations were adjusted by the IRB by substituting them with valuations subsequently conducted by the Valuation and Property Services Department, it said.

Shares in UOA Development closed unchanged at RM2.37 today, leaving the group with a market value of RM4.37 billion.