Dionisia Pacquiao with legendary boxer and Senator Manny Pacquiao.


Dionisia Pacquiao P1.39 million tax case dismissed


MANILA – A tax irregularity case against Dionisia Pacquiao, the mother of legendary boxer and Senator Manny Pacquiao, has been dismissed.

The Court of Tax Appeals upheld the dismissal on July 5, it was announced to the media on Wednesday (July 17).

The court cited legal shortcuts on the part of local revenue officials as the reason for its latest ruling that sided with Mrs. Pacquiao.

“Taxes are the lifeblood of the government and so should be collected without unnecessary hindrance. However, such collection should be made in accordance with law as any arbitrariness will negate the very reason for the government itself,” according to the CTA.

According to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Mrs. Pacquiao is liable for P1.39 million (Dh99,285) in tax deficiencies for 2010.

The case arose from a letter of notice where the BIR’s computerized system noted inconsistencies between information provided by Mrs. Pacquiao against declarations in her tax returns for 2010.

Mrs. Pacquiao was given a chance to reconcile or explain the discrepancies.

According to the tax court, the letter of notice was insufficient and did not hold legal authorization, rendering the final assessment notice null and void. ICA/Expat Media


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