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EXCLUSIVE: Zoren Legaspi has no hard feelings towards BIR over tax evasion charge

Zoren says they are still in the process of determining where and when their 'negligence' took place

BY MAUREEN MARIE BELMONTE

Twitter: @MissHappyWriter

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5/11/2014 4:30 PM
EXCLUSIVE: Zoren Legaspi has no hard feelings towards BIR over tax evasion charge


051114-Zoren_main.jpgActor Zoren Legaspi is ready to face the tax evasion raps lodged by the Bureau of Internal Revenue against him. 

In an exclusive interview with Push.com.ph at Jollibee's first mass picnic event titled Family Bee Day at the Quirino Grandstand on May 10, the head of the famed Legaspi family maintained that he fully understands where the BIR is coming from.

"Well I've given my statement already. Wala naman akong sama ng loob, wala akong galit sa kanila. I know they're just doing their jobs," stated Zoren.


"Right after the press con, it was Thursday, the following day pinapunta ko na 'yung accountant ko and my trusted secretary to find out kung saan kami talaga nagkamali. So ayun, so inaalaam namin kung saan ang negligence namin. So 'yun ang hinahanap muna namin," explained Carmina's husband.

According to Zoren, they have already acquired the necessary report for his tax evasion case.

"May report pero iki-clear pa namin sa Monday pero so far wala namang malaking problema and i'm willing to face the music. Tanungin mo ulit ako sa presscon namin sa Thursday," he ended smiling.

The father of two is currently facing a P4.45 million tax evasion charge filed by the BIR for supposedly failing to properly file his income tax for taxable years 2010 and 2012.

In the alpha list of withholding agents obtained by BIR, the department learned that his total income for 2010 is P9.64 million and P6.49 million in 2012.

"We were provided copies of Legaspi's ITR [income tax returns] for the years 2010 and 2012. A comparison of the documents and information at hand showed Legaspi declared as gross income in his ITR filed with the BIR P6.79 million in 2010, when it should be P9.64 million. And in 2012, P1.82 million when it should be P6.49 million," she said.

"He substantially underdeclared his income tax by 42% in 2010 and 256% in 2012. We are assessing him with total income tax liability for taxable years 2010 and 2012 for total of P4.45 million," BIR commissioner Kim Henares said.

The case against Legaspi is the 240th filed under the BIR's Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program under President Noynoy Aquino's administration.

Apart from Zoren, the BIR had also recently filed tax evasion charges against other high-profile figures such as controversial businessman Cedric Lee and former Philippine Medical Association President Leo Olarte before the Department of Justice.