Dionisia Pacquiao, mother of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, on Wednesday personally attended a hearing at the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) on a civil case she filed against the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Region 18.
In the hearing at CTA Second Division, she argued that she had filed an income tax return (ITR) for 2010.
Under Section 204 of the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC), the taxpayer should file an application for any of the remedies taxpayer wants to avail ofbefore the Revenue
District Office (RDO) or the Large Taxpayer Service (LTS), whichever has jurisdiction over the taxpayer, for the initial evaluation.
According to the BIR investigation against her, the tax assessment was for taxable year 2010 for the amount of an estimated P1.6 million, which BIR said she did not pay.
The investigation of her possible tax liability started in 2013 at the height of the P2.2-billion tax case against her son Manny.
Her lawyers Noel Into and Benjamin Cuanan clarified that the case has nothing to do with her case.
According to Mrs. Pacquiao, her bookkeeper knows the details as he was the one who prepared and filed the ITR for her because she said she is not good in English.
Katrina Muli of the BIR presented during the hearing presented a certification from the bureau that no ITR was filed in 2010.
She said Mrs. Pacquiao only submitted a letter butwith no formal application for a compromise.
The court then gave the boxer’s mother and her camp 15 days to file evidence and 10 days for the BIR to comment.
The next hearing is scheduled for June 8 with the BIR’s turn to present its witnesses.