DoJ junks Pacquiao tax case


Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Justice (DoJ) dismissed the tax case filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue against boxing champ Manny Pacquiao.

BIR ordered Congressman Pacquiao to submit documents to properly assess him to determine if he has a tax liability or not.

The BIR filed a case for violation of Section 266 of the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) against the boxing champ for failure to obey summons sent to him by the BIR.

In an eight-page resolution, the DoJ said there was no valid service of summons when Revenue Officer Abdul Jalil J. Taratingan delivered the subpoena in General Santos City and gave it to a certain Jocelyn Nebria instead of Pacquiao.

“It would be absurd to hold respondent liable for neglecting to obey a subpoena which he [Pacquiao] did not receive at all, in the first place,” the DoJ through Deputy City Prosecutor Arnold Cruz said.

The DoJ said Taratingan’s action is contrary to Revenue Memorandum Order No. 88-2010 which requires for a personal service to the person being summoned. It pointed that it is only upon refusal on the part of the respondent, in this case Pacquiao, to receive the summons that it can be given to another person.

The DoJ said, “there being no refusal on the part of the respondent [Pacquiao] to receive, resort to substituted service is irregular and ineffectual.”

Seen as the world’s best pound for pound boxer, Pacquiao declared assets at the end of 2010 at P1.13 billion and no liabilities, making him the country’s wealthiest member of Congress. magazine early this year estimated he spent $7 million in his election campaign in 2010 while also earning $35 million for his two fights against Joshua Clottey and Miguel Cotto.

The BIR opted to investigate Pacquiao after paying only P7 million in taxes in 2009 from P125-million in 2008.

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  • zahraff

    For the information of everybody, Muhammad Ali and George Foreman staged their fight in ZAIRE, AFRICA many years ago to avoid paying the heavy taxes that would have been paid if the fight happened in the United States. Taxes were paid by the boxers accordingly in Zaire, but not in the U.S. 

  • ADD

     It’s just a technicality. Kasalanan nung nagbigay ng subpoena.
    Pinagpapaliwanag lng nman si Manny eh, kung walang kasalanan bat ayaw magpaliwanag.
    Pero kung mag bible study wagas.
    Wala ba sa biblyiya ang pagbabayad ng tamang buwis?

  • valsore

    The honor Pacquaio has given to the country is worth more than the billions that BIR is looking for.  It is Pacquiao’s prerogative to bring to money he earned overseas and taxed overseas back to the Philippines.  He could just simply deposit them in a Swiss bank, or like many other winning athletes, change citizenship to a country that does not levy taxes to its citizens.  But Pacquaio chose not only to remain a resident of the Philippines, but also serve as a public servant.  Why push him away from the Philipines?  He is already a large tax payer, more than anyone ever did. Let’s be thankful that he has chosen to remain a resident of the Philippines.

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