BIR sues actor-director Zoren Legaspi for tax evasion

Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henarez advises the camp of boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao to talk with the BIR to know all the problems on the garnishment order against his bank accounts during a press conference at the Department of Justice on Thursday (Nov. 28, 2013). Flanking her are BIR Deputy Commissioner Estela V. Sales (left) and Atty. Albert Opon. (MNS photo)

Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henarez advises the camp of boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao to talk with the BIR to know all the problems on the garnishment order against his bank accounts during a press conference at the Department of Justice on Thursday (Nov. 28, 2013). Flanking her are BIR Deputy Commissioner Estela V. Sales (left) and Atty. Albert Opon. (MNS photo)

MANILA, May 8 (Mabuhay) − The Bureau of Internal Revenue has filed a tax evasion complaint against actor and director Zoren Legaspi, involving P4.45 million in tax liabilities.

According to the BIR, Legaspi “willfully attempted to evade or defeat tax and deliberate failure to supply correct and accurate information in his income tax returns” in 2010 and 2012.

The bureau said the actor-director acted in violation of Sections 254 and 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, as amended or the Tax Code.

In a letter of authority, the bureau asked Legaspi to let the examiners look at books of accounts and other accounting records related to his income and tax payments.

Based on “Alpha Lists” provided by the BIR Information Systems and Development Operations Service (ISDOS), Legaspi earned P9.64 million in 2010 and P6.49 million in 2012.

The BIR ISDOS also gave investigators a copy of Legaspi’s income tax returns for 2010 and 2012.

However, Legapsi merely declared an income of P6.79 million in 2010 and P1.82 million in 2012, according to the BIR.

Those numbers showed Legaspi underdeclared his income by P2.85 million or 42 percent in 2010 and by P4.67 million or 256 percent in 2012, the bureau said.

The bottom line, according to the bureau, Legaspi incurred an income tax liability of P4.45 million, including surcharges and interest. (MNS)

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