Napoles' daughter charged with tax evasion-A A +A
Thursday, October 10, 2013
MANILA (Updated) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed tax evasion charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday against Jeane Napoles, the daughter of suspected pork barrel scam queen Janet Napoles for owing the government P32.06 million for the past two years.
Jeane Napoles purchased in 2011 a condominium unit in Los Angeles, California worth P54.73 million. She also had a 1/9 share in a Bayambang, Pangasinan property purchased in 2012 worth P1.49 million.
But BIR records showed Napoles did not file any income tax return (ITR) for taxable years 2011 and 2012. Also, no record of returns filed will prove that gifts, bequests or devices were given to her.
The BIR discovered Napoles' tax liability through expenditure method, where a comparison was made between the amount of money she spent in buying the properties and her unreported income.
The method assumes that if the taxpayer’s expenditures during a given year exceed his reported income, and the source of the funds used to make the expenditures is unexplained, such expenditures represent unreported income.
Napoles' tax deficiency was broken down into P31.38 million in 2011 and P0.68 million (P680,000) in 2012 inclusive of surcharge and interest.
Napoles, who was criticized for her lavish lifestyle, got her tax identification number in 2008 but never filed an ITR since that year.
"The presumption is if you can buy something that's worth P54.73 million you must have earned an income net of P54.73 million. This is a conservative estimate because di pa namin binibilang yung ginagastos mo para mabuhay ka, kung nagpa-party ka ngayong gabi yung mga ganon," said BIR Commissioner Kim Henares in a press conference.
Janet and her husband, Jaime, were slapped with P61-million tax evasion case this September.
Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the Philippine government will ask the United States to verify the properties under the Napoles family.
She said this will help in the recovery of assets should the businesswoman is found guilty of plunder cases in connection with the alleged diversion of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) and Malampaya gas fund to her bogus foundations.
"Unang pinapa-verify namin ilan ang properties, ano ang value ng properties and how to proceed against those properties, so depende sa legal mechanisms of the US government," she said.
De Lima will invoke the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) with the US for this purpose.
She admitted, however, that the Napoles family can sell their properties abroad because the businesswoman is not yet convicted of the alleged crimes. The cases are still under review by the Office of the Ombudsman.
De Lima said the government is also tracing the family's assets in other countries. (Sunnex)