Actor Zoren Legaspi charged with tax evasion

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

MANILA -- Actor Zoren Legaspi was charged with tax evasion before the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday for alleged failure to pay P4.45 million to the government in 2010 and 2012.

In its complaint, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said Legaspi's "willful attempt" to evade tax and "deliberate" failure to supply correct and accurate information in his Income Tax Returns (ITRs) violate Sections 254 and 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997.

BIR records showed that Legaspi, husband of actress-television host Carmina Villaroel, was issued a Letter of Authority (LOA) for the examination of his books of accounts and other accounting records for all internal revenue taxes.

To determine his real income, an access letter was issued to the BIR Information Systems and Development Operations Service (ISDOS) requesting for a certification on whether Legaspi had filed, among others, any annual ITR for years 2010 and 2012, and for information on income payments made to him by withholding agents.

ISDOS said the actor-director earned P9.64 million in 2010 and P6.49 million in 2012 but he only reported to the BIR a gross income of P6.79 million and P1.82 million, respectively, for those years.

Noting the disparity, the BIR said Legaspi willfully and substantially underdeclared his correct taxable income by P2.85 million or 42 percent in 2010 and P4.67 million or 256 percent in 2012.

Legaspi's tax liability, including surcharges and interests, was broken down into: 2010 – P1.92 million; and 2012 - P2.53 million.

Apart from Legaspi, other celebrities rapped for tax fraud under the Aquino administration are actress-model Solenn Heusaff, television host Ryan Bang and professional cagers Jimmy Alapag and Jared Dillinger. (Sunnex)

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