Zoren Legaspi willing to return tax deficiency

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Friday, June 6, 2014

ACTOR Zoren Legaspi showed up at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday to formally deny charges that he failed to pay P4.45 million in taxes to the government in 2010 and 2012.

He asked the DOJ to junk the complaint against him by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for lack of evidence that he understated his income by more than 30 percent, which is the prima facie evidence of a fraudulent return.

Zoren Legaspi
MANILA. Actor Zoren Legaspi shows up at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday to formally deny charges that he failed to pay P4.45 million in taxes to the government in 2010 and 2012. (Virgil B. Lopez/Sunnex)

"If ever there was a mistake on the part of the respondent in providing therefore, there never was any fraudulent attempt to deceive or an intentional commission of fraud," he said in a counter-affidavit.

The document showed that the BIR computed Legaspi tax deficiency for 2010 (P1,925,537.58) by considering only the creditable withholding tax of P973,817.28 and not P1,367,165.27.

"This is utterly discriminatory, unfair and discriminatory," Legaspi said, adding that he paid P270,201.43 in value added tax for 2010.

Calling himself a law-abiding citizen, Legaspi cited his inclusion in the top 11 individual taxpayers for 2010 and top 10 individual taxpayers for 2011 in the Revenue Region 7 (Quezon City) and Revenue District Office 438 (West Pasig).

"Without admitting any liability, respondent (Legaspi), as a law-abiding citizen, is even willing to tender payment of any tax deficiency in accordance with existing laws and regulations," he said.

On his alleged multiple tax identification numbers (TINs), which can be used to evade payment of right taxes, the actor said these are from his namesakes.

"'Yung multiple TINs na yan, parehong nagkagulatan ang both parties. Paano ako nagkaroon po ng maraming TINs? So I guess, 'yung system, 'yung database, ang maaaring may problema," said Legaspi, who was accompanied by his lawyer Ricky Ribo.

"Gaya nito meron kaming nadiskubre. May kapangalan pala ako sa Davao, so 'yung TIN 'Zoren Legaspi' pero iba ang middle name niya," he added.

The actor's supposed other TINs were disclosed by his accountant Flora Capili in a hearing on May 28.

Legaspi expressed surprise with the complaint, saying the BIR brought the issue to the DOJ on May 8 just a day after he was directed by the agency to submit his book of accounts and other related accounting records.

The BIR was ordered by Assistant State Prosecutor Stewart Allan Mariano to reply to Legaspi’s counter-affidavit on June 16. (Sunnex)

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