P61.1-million tax charges against Janet, husband

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Bureau of Internal Revenue chief Kim Henares presents to media a copy of the P61.1-million tax evasion case filed against “pork barrel queen” Janet Lim Napoles and her husband Jaime Napoles. The BIR found that the couple had not been paying income tax despite amassing hundreds of millions in cash and property for the past several years. Photo By Rene Dilan

Bureau of Internal Revenue chief Kim Henares presents to media a copy of the P61.1-million tax evasion case filed against “pork barrel queen” Janet Lim Napoles and her husband Jaime Napoles. The BIR found that the couple had not been paying income tax despite amassing hundreds of millions in cash and property for the past several years. Photo By Rene Dilan

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday filed tax evasion charges against Janet Lim Napoles and her husband Jaime.

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares said a case was filed against the couple before the Department of Justice (DOJ) for submitting inaccurate information about their finances and properties.

Henares said the Napoleses did not pay taxes in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, did not supply correct and accurate information in her Income Tax Return (ITR) for 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2009 and did not file ITRs for taxable years 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Napoles’ tax liabilities totaled P44.7 million, and her husband’s, P16.4 million.

BIR records showed that Napoles “did not file any income tax returns (ITR) for years 2010 to 2012,” while her husband “declared nothing” in his ITR for 2009.

The couple was “able to purchase and register in their names various real properties” including luxury cars such as a Ford Lincoln Navigator, Honda Civic and Porsche Cayene, insurance policies, club shares and investments to new companies. They also bought several condominiums, the BIR said.

Henares said they were still tracing Napoles’s properties and trying to determine if the couple stashed part of their wealth abroad.

“We are coordinating with foreign governments because with foreign governments, we can source bank accounts there. But here, we can’t,” Henares said in a GMA News Online article.

She said the 28 properties reported to be under Napoles’ name “do not match” the 30 properties the bureau had uncovered so far.

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