BIR files tax evasion charges vs Napoles couple
MANILA, Philippines (2ND UPDATE) - Businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, the alleged brains behind the massive pork barrel scam, and her husband, Jaime, have been charged before the Department of Justice (DOJ) with tax evasion.
Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares bared that Mrs. Napoles faces charges for "willful attempt to evade or defeat tax for taxable years 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012," as well as for "deliberate failure to supply correct and accurate information in her Income Tax Return (ITR) for taxable years 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2009 and with willful failure to file her ITRs for taxable years 2010, 2011, and 2012."
Mrs. Napoles was charged for a total tax liability amounting to P44.68 million.
Henares said that Napoles' total acquisitions in 2004 amounted to P4.17 million; P22.29 million in 2006; P4.35 million in 2008; P9.84 million in 2009; P6.33 million in 2010; P5.64 million in 2011; and P6.89 million in 2012.
However, Napoles declared as income only P195,800 in 2004; nothing in 2006; P100,744.59 in 2008; and nothing in 2009; while she did not file any ITR for 2010, 2011, and 2012, Henares added.
Mr. Napoles, meantime, was charged with "deliberate failure to supply correct and accurate information in his ITR for taxable year 2009 and with willful failure to file his ITRs for taxable years 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2012."
Mr. Napoles was charged for a total tax liability amounting to P16.43 million.
"Information gathered during investigation disclosed that spouses Napoles, during the years 2004 to 2012, were able to purchase and register in their names various real properties, a number of motor vehicles, several insurance policies and club shares," the BIR said in a fact sheet.
"They also invested millions of pesos in various new corporations. The acquisitions consisted of condominium units in City & Land Mega Plaza and the Discovery Center, parcels of land in Pangasinan and Kidapawan City, insurance policies with Insular Life Assurance Co., Ltd., Philippine American Life & General Insurance Co., Inc., and Philippine Axa Life Insurance Corp., and vehicles such as Ford Lincoln Navigator, Honda Civic, and Porsche Cayenne," the BIR added.
Henares said more charges may be filed against the Napoles couple, since the complaints filed on Thursday were merely the initial result of an ongoing probe against the couple, their children, their corporations, and non-government organizations (NGO) they are being linked to.
"The figure (tax liability) could still bloat, depending on the results of the ongoing investigation, if it warrants the filing of more cases. These are their tax liabilities, for now," Henares said.
Henares also warned individuals who may possibly be used by the couple as dummies; she said these individuals will be the ones to answer for any tax charges, if warranted, unless they are able to prove that the Napoleses merely used them in the acquisition of their assets and properties.