Reuters – ROME (Reuters) – The European Union on Tuesday ordered Myanmar to pay nearly 2 billion dollars ($2.9 billion) in back taxes to the European Union, after the Myanmar government denied it had received back payments from a company it owned.
The EU’s Financial Action Task Force said Myanmar must pay the amount of tax due and refund all unpaid taxes.
The tax payments come amid growing international criticism of the government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi over the handling of Rohingya refugees and its crackdown on a pro-democracy protest movement.
The UN has said the crackdown has resulted in extrajudicial killings.
A Myanmar government official said the payments would be paid on October 29 and the total tax owed would be 2.9 million euros.
The Myanmar government said it would seek to repay the amount but the EU had said it had not received any payments in the past six months.