Zoren Legaspi is No. 240 on BIR list | Inquirer Entertainment

Zoren Legaspi is No. 240 on BIR list

ZOREN Legaspi

MANILA, Philippines—Actor Zoren Legaspi is the 240th taxpayer to fall in the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) drive to nail tax evaders.

The BIR on Thursday filed a criminal complaint in the Department of Justice against Legaspi for the years 2010 and 2012.


The BIR said its investigation showed that Legaspi was short P1.92 million in 2010 and P2.54 million in 2012 on his income taxes. The amounts include surcharges and penalties.


Documents provided by withholding agents and the BIR’s information service showed that Legaspi’s total income in 2010 was P9.64 million and in 2012, he earned P6.49 million.

But the actor allegedly declared incomes of only P6.79 million in 2010 and P1.82 million in 2012.


His tax declarations were underdeclared by 42 percent in 2010 and by 256 percent in 2012, the BIR said.

Legaspi was accused of willfully attempting to evade or defeat income taxes, and deliberate failure to supply correct and accurate information on his 2010 and 2012 returns in violation of the National Internal Revenue Code.

Legaspi, 42, a resident of Pasig City, is registered with the BIR as a professional in the entertainment industry. He is married to actress Carmina Villaroel.


The case against Legaspi was the 240th filed under the Run After Tax Evaders program of the BIR.

More charged

The agency on Thursday also announced the filing of tax evasion cases against four business people—Gigi Donaire Chua, Edgardo G. Vazquez, Benedicto Pasco Caguimbal and Constantino A. Llanes Jr.

Chua was charged for having a tax deficiency of P329.79 million in 2007, consisting of P238.41 million in income taxes and P91.38 million in value-added taxes (VAT). Chua is the sole proprietor of Wangler Commercial, a trading company in Quezon City.

Vazquez, who was charged along with his Quezon City-based construction company, Vazquez Corp., allegedly had total tax liabilities in 2008 of P84.35 million, broken down as follows: P51.47 million in income taxes, P30.65 million in VAT, P1.54 million in withholding taxes and P690,000 in documentary stamp taxes.

Caguimbal owns Caguimbal Electrical Works in Manila. He reportedly owed total taxes of P6.45 million in 2010, consisting of P4.56 million in income taxes and P1.89 million in VAT.

Llanes, sole proprietor of JME Builders in Laoag City, allegedly had an aggregate tax liability of P9.95 million, consisting of P7.21 million in income taxes and P2.74 million in VAT.


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