MANILA, Philippines - Actor and television host Zoren Legaspi may soon face another legal battle.
During Wednesday's hearing on his P4.45 million tax case at the Department of Justice, Legaspi's accountant Flora Capili admitted the actor has four tax identification numbers (TIN).
Possessing more than one TIN is prohibited under the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) because it may be used as a a tool to evade payment of correct taxes.
For instance, a taxpayer who earns P500,000 and above should be taxed 32% for his income. If this taxpayer possesses several TINs, he will be taxed less, according to BIR Commissioner Kim Henares.
Capili also openly admitted that while Legaspi paid taxes, there were "discrepancies" committed.
Only Capili was present to represent Legaspi.
However, her statements, deemed incriminating to her client, were ordered stricken off the record by Assistant State Prosecutor Stewart Allan Mariano because she was not assisted by a lawyer.
Mariano gave Legaspi up to June 6 to submit his counter-affidavit and be represented by counsel.
The next hearing on the case will also be on June 6, at 10 a.m.
In its complaint, the BIR alleged that Legaspi underdeclared his income for taxable years 2010 and 2012 by declaring only P6.79 million in 2010, and P1.82 million in 2012. This was compared to the alpha lists of withholding agents, which showed Legaspi received total income of P9.64 million in 2010 (underdeclaration of 42%), and P6.49 million in 2012 (underdeclaration of 256%).
Legaspi earlier expressed his willingness to cooperate in the investigation.
"Sang-ayon po ako na ang tamang buwis ay dapat bayaran para sa ikakaunlad ng bayan... I'm more than willing to comply and cooperate to assess my tax liabilities. Aalamin po namin kung saan kami nagkamali," he had said.