Zoren Legaspi charged with tax evasion

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 08 2014 11:25 AM | Updated as of May 08 2014 09:49 PM

Zoren Legaspi

MANILA (1st UPDATE) - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed a P4.45 million tax evasion complaint on Thursday against actor and television host Zoren Legaspi with the Department of Justice (DOJ).

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares said Legaspi underdeclared his income for taxable years 2010 and 2012 by declaring only P6.79 million in 2010, and P1.82 million in 2012.

Alpha lists of withholding agents showed that Legaspi received a total income of P9.64 million in 2010, and P6.49 million in 2012.

"We were provided copies of Legaspi's ITR [income tax returns] for the years 2010 and 2012. A comparison of the documents and information at hand showed Legaspi declared as gross income in his ITR filed with the BIR P6.79 million in 2010, when it should be P9.64 million. And in 2012, P1.82 million when it should be P6.49 million," she said.

According to the complaint against him, Legaspi underdeclared his income by P2.85 million or 42% in 2010, and by P4.67 million or 256% in 2012.

"He substantially underdeclared his income tax by 42% in 2010 and 256% in 2012. We are assessing him with total income tax liability for taxable years 2010 and 2012 for total of P4.45 million," Henares said.

The case against Legaspi is the 240th filed under the BIR's Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program under the Aquino administration.

The BIR also recently filed tax evasion charges against high-profile figures such businessman Cedric Lee and former Philippine Medical Association President Leo Olarte before the DOJ.