MANILA, Mar 30 (Mabuhay) – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has recommended the filing of P61-million tax evasion charges against alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles and her husband Jaime.
According to National Prosecution Service chief Prosecutor General Claro Arellano, the case will be filed with the Court of Tax Appeals in Quezon City.
The case stemmed from a complaint filed by Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) against the couple in September 2013, charging Mrs. Napoles of having a tax liability of P44.68 million, and her husband of P16.43 million.
The Napoles couple were charged with willful attempt to evade paying taxes for taxable years 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
The BIR also accused Napoles of either failing to file an income tax return (ITR) from 2010 to 2012 or supplying incorrect information in her ITRs in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2009.
BIR’s investigation found out that Napoles’ acquisitions amounted to P4.17 million in 2004, P22.29 million in 2006, P4.35 million in 2008, P9.84 million in 2009, P6.33 million in 2010, P5.64 million in 2011, and P6.89 million in 2012.
Despite these “acquisitions” consisting of condominium units, land parcels, and vehicles, Napoles allegedly only declared an income of P195,800 in 2004 and 100,744.59 in 2008.
The BIR said that in 2006 and 2009, Mrs. Napoles declared a “P0.00” income. Meanwhile, she did not file any ITRs for the years 2010, 2011, and 2012.
As for Mr. Napoles, his acquisitions amounted to P1.42 million in 2004, P5.51 million in 2006, P780,000 in 2008, P9.25 million in 2009, P2.1 million in 2010, P1.17 million in 2011 and P3.65 million in 2012.
In contrast, Mr. Napoles did not file any ITRs for these years, except for taxable year 2009 where he declared nothing.
Mrs. Napoles’ acquisitions included condominium units in City and Land Mega Plaza and the Discovery Center, parcels of land in Pangasinan and Kidapawan City, insurance policies with Insular Life Assurance Co Ltd, Philippine American Life and General Insurance Co Inc, and Philippine Axa Life Insurance Corp and vehicles such as Ford Lincoln Navigator, Honda Civic and Porsche Cayenne.
The BIR said Mrs. Napoles declared “sole proprietorship of merchandising goods” as source of her income. Her tax registration was cancelled in 2010.
Mrs. Napoles is facing graft and plunder charges in connection with the pork barrel scam, where public funds – particularly the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel of several lawmakers – are supposedly funneled through fake non-government organizations for kickbacks. (MNS)