Ruangkrai demands Revenue Department to probe General Prawit’s one million baht cheque

A legal advisor of the Pheu Thai party on Monday asked the Revenue Department to investigate whether Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan had properly paid income tax for the one million baht in cheque he received nine years ago when he served as the defence minister.

Mr Ruangkrai Leekitwattana told reporters that the one million baht cheque dated December 18, 2008 was among the assets he declared with the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

If the check was cashed, he said the money received would be considered as taxable income in accordance with Section 39 of the Revenue Code and tax should be paid to the state in accordance with Section 40 within March 31, 2009.

If Gen Prawit has not paid the tax, Ruangkrai said he would like to know whether the Revenue Department had issued summons to the former within five years since the cheque was cashed.

The Pheu Thai legal advisor insisted that his move for the Revenue Department to investigate the cheque issue was not a vindictive act against the government’s attempt to demand capital gains tax from former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra over the Shin Corp’s share sale to Singapore’s Temasek Holdings in 2006.

He claimed that General Prawit’s case was similar to Thaksin’s case although the amount of money involved was much different.

He said he expected the deputy prime minister would make a clarification with revenue officials.

Meanwhile, General Prawit said he was ready to be investigated by the Revenue Department although the case took place long time ago. He insisted that he had never received any cheque for his own interest from anybody.