Revenue Department told to grab Thaksin tax

Prime Minister Prayut: It took a week for him to understand the 'complicated set of secret plans' to seize 12 billion baht in owed taxes from ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra. (Bangkok Post file photo)

The government has ordered the Revenue Department to expedite efforts to collect 12 billion baht in tax from former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra over the Shin Corp share sale by the March 31 deadline.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said Tuesday the department must collect the tax, but if it fails to do so, an appeal will be lodged according to legal procedures, and this must be carried out before the deadline.

"The issue involves a complicated set of secret plans and I spent more than a week trying to make sense of it," Gen Prayut said, adding he will not use Section 44 of the interim charter to deal with the matter.

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