BIR slaps tax evasion case vs Solenn Heussaff

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Posted at Apr 04 2013 11:45 AM | Updated as of Apr 05 2013 06:51 AM

MANILA (UPDATE 2)-- The Bureau of Internal Revenue filed a tax evasion complaint against model and TV celebrity Solenn Heussaff, continuing a stepped-up campaign in the lead-up to the April 15 tax payment deadline.

The BIR said records of various companies showed they paid Heussaff more than P13 million in 2011 but she only declared P6.7 million.

Thus, the tax agency said she owes P3.6 million in back taxes and penalties.

The BIR included the celebrity's accountant in the complaint.

Heussaff's manager has not yet replied to a request seeking their comment. But the model and TV host, on Twitter, claimed she is an "honest person."

Meanwhile, the BIR filed two other tax evasion complaints with the Department of Justice today: a P102-million complaint against an office supplies supplier; and a P61-million complaint against a lighting and hardware store.

Thursday's complaints bring to 160 the total number of tax evasion complaints filed under the Aquino administration. Although none of which have led to a conviction, BIR Commissioner Kim Henares said the filing of cases against tax evaders are already having an effect on Filipinos.

In the last three weeks, Henares and Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima declared war on professionals and self-employed persons who don't pay the right taxes.

President Benigno Aquino III also alleged some members of the Filipino-Chinese business community weren't paying the right taxes.

ANC News Now, April 4, 2013.