Salim Mehajer’s parents reportedly owe ATO more than $10 million in taxes and interest

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Court documents have revealed the parents of Sydney property developer and former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer owe the Australian Tax Office (ATO) more than $10 million in unpaid taxes and interest.
Mohamad Mehajer, 60, and Amal Mehajer, 56, are expected to front the Federal Circuit Court on November 28 over shared debts amounting to $9,966,817, the Daily Telegraph reports.
This sum is additional to the $1 million in unpaid taxes owed to the ATO by family-owned business SM Project Developments, which is in administration.
The court case is the latest in a string of controversies plaguing the Mehajer family, which include Salim’s removal from his post of deputy mayor earlier this year and his extravagant 2015 wedding, which saw a Lidcombe street closed to the public.
The ATO sued Mohamad and Amal Mehajer in the NSW Supreme Court in May 20, after they failed to attend court hearings. By July 17, the couple’s unpaid tax bill had accrued $124,754 in interest.
They were served bankruptcy notices on August 4, but again failed to respond, prompting the ATO’s present court action. If successful, it could see the couple’s portfolio of multi-million dollar property holdings seized and sold.
Salim and Mohamad are reported to have legally transferred $20 million of their funds to Lebanon back in July, sparking a police investigation.
In 2013, Mohamad was sentenced to almost four years in jail over accusations of fraud, while last month Salim was banned from managing corporations for three years by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. http://www.9news.com.au

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