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Ian Castaldi Paris Ordered To Pay €300,000 Over Unpaid Taxes

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Government MP Ian Castaldi Paris has been ordered to pay roughly €300,000 over unpaid taxes.

Times of Malta has confirmed that the backbencher was handed a hefty repayment agreement by the tax authorities in recent weeks after several months of talks.

The contractual agreement comes after the notary was probed by the Tax Compliance Unit on the back of a red flag raised by a local bank some two years ago.

Sources privy to the audit said the MP’s “unexplained wealth” hovered close to €1 million.

Castaldi Paris, however, strongly denied this when confronted with the amounts by Times of Malta.

Replying to questions sent at the weekend, the MP said the matter concerns “much, much smaller amounts”. He added that the issue is being resolved according to law.

The sources have since said that the final settlement was, indeed, between €900,000 and €1 million.

The MP insists he was the subject of “a standard audit” covering the years before he was elected to parliament.

“I have paid my taxes every year and did not start paying my tax because I decided to contest the elections,” he said.

“I have been an MP since May 2020 and my parliamentary declaration of assets always reflected the truth, so there is nothing to inform the speaker about.”

Castaldi Paris was in the news following revelations that he had referenced purchasing a luxury multi-million euro London property in messages to Yorgen Fenech, the Tumas Group businessman who has since been charged with the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. He insists he was bluffing. 

Castaldi Paris was also at the centre of the recent controversy surrounding PL MP and district rival Rosianne Cutajar. Castaldi Paris, a notary, had drafted which implicated Cutajar in a controversial Mdina property deal involving Yorgen Fenech.

In his report, Standards Commissioner George Hyzler wrote that Castaldi Paris’ role “in the affidavit story and its release to the media remains ambiguous at best”. 

MaltaToday reported that Cutajar had subsequently messaged Castaldi Paris angrily to say he must have been “dying of hunger” to draft a fake affidavit against his parliamentary colleague. 

Castaldi Paris told Hyzler that a person had entered his office to threaten his family if he passed on the affidavit to the authorities, but the MP refused to confirm whether he filed a police report over the threat or not. 

 

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Julian is the Editor at Lovin Malta with a particular interest in politics, the environment, social issues, and human interest stories.

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