DOJ backs tax evasion raps vs Corona daughter

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has recommended the filing of P9.9-million tax evasion case before the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) against the daughter of ousted Chief Justice Renato Corona.

Carla Corona Castillo, who allegedly failed to pay correct taxes in 2010, will be facing charges for violating Sections 254 and 255 of the Tax Code, according to a resolution released by the DOJ investigating panel dated May 30.

Complainant Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said Castillo filed income tax returns (ITR) in 2008 and 2009, and declared income of P130,580 and P97,460, respectively.

But the BIR discovered that Castillo purchased a property in the posh La Vista subdivision in Quezon City for P18 million in 2010 despite her failure to file an ITR.

The DOJ dismissed Castillo's defense that she used her savings, which she accumulated while working abroad, to buy the property since her combined income for 2008 and 2009 only reached P228,040.

"All in all, we agree with the BIR that the deliberate scheme of respondent Carla in failing to file her ITR for taxable year 2010 and failing to pay the correct amount of tax due thereon, and her act of declaring amounts of income for taxable years 2008 and 2009 and then subsequently purchasing a property worth P18 million in 2010, demonstrate her scheme of deliberate tax evasion in violation of Section 254 of the NIRC, as amended," the resolution read.

Castillo's husband, Dr. Constantino Castillo III, was earlier charged with tax evasion for not paying P25.74 million to the government.

The arraignment for P120-million tax fraud case against Corona and his wife Cristina last Wednesday, on the other hand, was reset to August 27 due to pending petitions.

The Corona couple asked the CTA Second Division to junk the case for lack of probable cause. (Sunnex)

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