DoF Rules out Compromise in Tax Evasion Cases
Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima said the government will not agree to a compromise with identified tax evaders once a case is filed against them before the Department of Justice and the Court of Tax Appeals.
We will pursue these cases to the end, he told reporters yesterday. We will not compromise once we have filed a case.
Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Guillermo Parayno said the latest celebrity they will file tax evasion charges is Judy Ann Santos, a show business personality who allegedly owe the government P6.7 million in income taxes.
Parayno said Santos known popularly as Juday was slapped tax evasion complaints by the BIR under the RATE "Run After Tax Evaders" program with the DoJ. "I am sure many of Ms. Santos fans would be disappointed by our action against her," Purisima said. "We would like to assure them and the public that there is nothing personal in the DoF-BIRs campaign against tax evasion. We are just doing our job."
DoF Undersecretary Emmanuel Bonoan said celebrities named so far, including Richard Gomez and Regine Velasquez, have "power and fame (but) they have their corresponding share of responsibilities." "Stardom does not accord immunity from tax laws," he said. …