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Pacman says P2.2-B tax more than his net worth

 

By JUN RAMIREZ

MANNY PacquiaoBoxing great and Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao has asked the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) to cancel the more than P2.2 billion deficiency taxes imposed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

The assessment covered the alleged unpaid income tax from his five fights in the United States in 2008 to 2009 as well as the P32 million in deficiency value-added tax (VAT) as endorser of various products.

The solon paid the CTA last August 1 an unprecedented P11 million in filing fee for it to hear the case. His wife, Sarangani Vice Governor Jinkee Pacquiao, was belatedly included by the BIR in the tax assessment.

Through the Romulo Mabanta, Buenaventura, Sayoc, de los Angeles law firm, Pacquiao described the BIR assessment as “arbitrary,” “bloated” and “excessive.”

If required to pay the full assessment, Pacquiao said, he would be returned to his humble beginning because the amount was more than his net worth.

When contacted for comment, BIR legal officials declined to comment saying they have yet to answer the protest through the Office of the Solicitor General.

Pacquiao explained he did not pay income tax for the two-year period because the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had already collected the appropriate income tax from his earnings.

He said under the bilateral tax treaty agreement between Manila and Washington he was no longer required to pay the tax here.

The lawmaker cited Article 23 of the treaty which stipulates that income tax paid by Filipinos in the US is creditable against his income tax liability in the Philippines.

But knowledgeable BIR sources said Pacquiao was slapped the huge back taxes because he did not inform the BIR, or apply the tax credits from the US in his tax returns as required by the Tax Code.

Pacquiao fought Juan Manuel Marquez, David Diaz and Oscar de la Hoya in 2008, and Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto in 2009.

He said the prize money for the fights totaled to more than $28 million of which the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) collected $8.4 million, or about P395 million.

What he paid to the BIR, he said, was value-added tax amounting to P12 million to cover the P114 million he earned from endorsing 14 products including Ginebra San Miguel, United Laboratories and Phoenix Petroleum.

He added that he was willing to settle the additional P32 million VAT deficiency assessment for the two-year period, but not the P2.2 billion alleged income tax debts which included interests and surcharges.

Pacquiao argued that tax assessment was void because the BIR tax fraud investigators based it on “best possible sources,” claiming the method has no legal basis.

He accused revenue probers of ignoring the financial reports submitted by his promoter, Top Rank Promotions and other actual transaction documents, relying purely on the so-called “best obtainable evidence rule.”

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comments
  • luke skywalker

    Bay, mukhang sunod sunod na kamalsan mo. masyado ka kasing ambisyoso . isa pa, wala kang loyalty sa ano mang bagay. palipat-lipat ka ng partido, relihiyon,advisers,trainers, kaibigan. yan ang napala mo. May the force be with you to enlighten you. matauhan ka na sana.

    • Joel

      makitid ang utak mo Bay

  • Eduys

    Wow that was huge money, Mrs. Henares masahol ka pa kay Mrs. Napoles hah

    • jag34

      Eversince, BIR is the most corrupt agency of
      the govt. so what we can expect?

  • junolivo

    that’s the price of being a Filipino…

  • Jonathan F. Rigondeux

    tama lang yan. dapat magbayad ng 2 billion si pacquio para mas maraming makulimbat ang mga mambubutas natin!

  • pete

    oh my..! ang daming tax evader dyan…bakit si Manny pinagiinitan nyo…?

  • tatscollantes

    Ang dapat makulong ay ikulong ang dapat magbayad ng buwis ay magbayad naman baka wala ng makurakot ang mga Senador at Tongressmen pag wala ng buwis…..Hoy Magnanakaw sa kaban ng bayan MAHIYA NAMAN KAYO ANG KAKAPAL NINYO…MGA SINUNGALING PA, Nag pa Authenticate pa ng Kanyang perma kung tutoo, at mi Isisiwalat pa daw sa next week….Ang mg hinayupak talaga…mga buking na kayo huwag ng magpalusot…..ALAM NA NG BAYAN ANG BAHO NINYO…..

  • philip

    Putang Ina nyo taga BIR..habulin nyo yung mga baboy na kumakain ng pera na galing sa tax ng taumbayan..magaling lang kayo sa pangungulekta pro ung mga kumakain ng tax, hirap kayo habulin..

  • briannie

    Hindi na ito bago meron pa nga dyan under the table ang bayaran..mapupunta lng sa kurakot na politicians.

  • philip

    P_tang Ina nyo taga BIR..habulin nyo yung mga baboy na kumakain ng pera na galing sa tax ng taumbayan..magaling lang kayo sa pangungulekta pro ung mga kumakain ng tax, hirap kayo habulin..

  • Um Yong

    No wonder “Tax Collectors” are always mentioned in the bible.

  • gen bolitz

    hinayupak kayo henares..bkt yung ngbbgay karangalan ang pahirapan nu.habulin nu magnanakaw sa kaban ng bayan,mga intsik na 2 ang book of account
    ,mga di ngbbyad ng buwis etc…wag c pacman anu ba yan.ms henares napunta n yta utak mo sa buhok,

  • Jerry Lynch

    According to Philippine law and the agreement with the US he can only be
    taxed on income once and that tax is paid to the country where the
    income was earned. If I work in The Philippines I would pay tax to The
    Philippines, not to the US where I am a citizen. If my wife worked in
    the USA she would pay taxes there, not here.