BIR can’t grant tax exemption to Pia


THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday said it cannot grant tax exemption to 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach.

BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares told reporters at the Department of Justice (DOJ) that despite passage of a House of Representatives resolution in favor of Wurtzbach, they still cannot grant the same.

Henares said the House resolution does not carry the force and effect of a law.

She added that she will only honor the law on the basis of the National Internal Revenue Code or the Philippine Tax Law.

“A resolution is not a law. So if you want to exempt somebody, because in the law now there is no exemption. So if you want to exempt somebody, you have to pass a law. A law requires a vote of the House and the Senate,” Henares said.

“You just have to declare it [income], then you compute the Philippine tax, then you show what you paid in the US. Attach it to your ITRs [income tax returns], so we will recognize the payment that you made in the US,” she added.



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  1. Congressmen who exempted PIA from paying tax is just one of the stupidest thing the did for why would pia be exempted from paying tax right away … just asking because it’s not only unfair but illegal / crime

  2. Peter Gonzales on

    It is too presumptous to grant tax exemption to individuals like the current Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach just because she won a beauty contest. At most it would be a bad precedent and would open the flood gates if the government would extend such privilege especially from a corrupt and disfunctional legislature.

  3. pakialamero na pinoy on

    It would be much wiser for Pia to pay her taxes in the U.S. and can always claim as deductibles on all the expenditures incurred doing her official duties. The IRS is more lenient taxing non resident aliens.

    • Lintik na Kim, why not advise Pia and other Filipinos that give honors to the country on at least how to reduce if not avoid taxes using the existing rules?

    • wow galling naman hindi pwede ma excempt I dare pagawa niya sa commissioner ng mga BIR ang kanyang income tax hahahaha dami nya exemptions. yan ang hiran sa BIR sila lang ang nakaka alam ng kung ano ang mga pwede excempt ng mga taxpayers may mga premedidated sila at reserve na pwede ka ma exempt. tapos eto kailangan pang ibase sa batas pero pagsila ang ng interpret hohoho dami mo exempt, pero may 70 / 30 na usapan huhuhuhuu