Taxman goes after Solenn Heussaff; she’ll ‘fix it’

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Commissioner Kim Henares and actress Solenn Heussaff

With fame comes fortune which, unfortunately, is taxable.

This was the message the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) sent on Friday to model and actress Solenn Heussaff when it charged her with tax evasion over her alleged failure to pay P3.6 million in taxes.

In the complaint it filed in the Department of Justice (DOJ), the BIR accused the talent of TV network GMA7 of under-declaring her income for 2011 by more than P6 million. Also included in the suit was her accountant, Teofilo Magno Jr.

Heussaff was specifically charged with wilfully attempting to evade payment of taxes and deliberately failing to supply the agency with correct information about her income, resulting in the nonpayment of taxes—a violation of sections  254 and 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997.

The INQUIRER tried but failed to reach the actress for comment. But in a post online on Friday, she tweeted: “I don’t know what happened … I’m an honest person, as transparent as it gets. Someone made a mistake and I have to fix it.”

The BIR said it had earlier informed Heussaff that it was investigating her when it sought to examine her book accounts and other accounting records for 2011.

It added that after making inquiries from business firms that had engaged the actress/model’s services, it found out that she earned P13.38 million during that year.

However, Heussaff declared a gross income of only P6.73 million in her income tax return for 2011.

According to the BIR, the actress owed the government P3.6 million more, inclusive of surcharges and interests.

Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares, meanwhile, had a similar message for celebrities enjoying the financial perks which come with fame.

“My advice to personalities who make money out of being [in the public eye] is that they should also be aware that it is this same exposure which makes it easy for us to check [on] them.  So they should not have the temerity to think that they can escape,” she told reporters at a news briefing at the DOJ.

Henares said that celebrities should do well to remember that with fame and fortune comes the responsibility of paying the right amount of taxes. “You cannot have your cake and eat it too,” she added.

At the same time, she advised those who have hired accountants for their financial dealings to always pay their taxes through a check made payable to the BIR.

“Pay through checks because it’s more difficult to divert it,” Henares said.

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  • cato_the_younger

    These foreigners come to RP, become famous sometimes solely for their looks and because of many Filipinos’ fixation with the mestiza look, become rich in the process and avoid paying taxes? Talk about screwing the nation! Send this girl back to where she belongs – though not till she makes an unwanted detour to jail.

    • pgsalt

      Envious?

      • http://www.facebook.com/pspedroche Pompeyo Pedroche

        No! patriotic lang siya: ikaw bulag sa abuso ng mga dayuhan.

      • pgsalt

        you’re the lawyer?

        As if you’re that self-righteous patriotic guy from somewhere. Yet, you eat foreign food, enjoy foreign movies, sing foreign songs, etc.

        May I remind you that we are already in the 21st century – the century of globalization. If you don’t want to accept that, then maybe you belong to the Dark Ages.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pspedroche Pompeyo Pedroche

        I’d rather that celebrities like Solenn and athletes like the Younghusbands were natural born Filipinos. That way we can be either proud or ashamed of them, as Filipinos. Your argument of Globalization sounds more like subjugation to foreign superiority. Go ahead do the hiphop, sing rap, and make birit like Celine Dion. Sa “Dahil sa Iyo” na lang ako, makahulungan na, maka Filipino pa. Mcdo burger ka, Mang Inasal ako.

      • pgsalt

        ironic coz you’re even using a foreign language….. talk about “hipocrisy”

  • Pio Pusli

    “…..i’m an honest person….”

    so as millions of us sweetie pie, but the BIR isn’t after our a$$

  • marlo concepcion

    hush! a little respect to my x. LOL.
    it was her accountant. stupify.
    and once my x pays her dues, we’ll get new traffic signs that people dont follow, new roads that easily cracks, and new schools with the mayor’s emblem. yeah!

  • jojo webmail

    she’s too tall, looks like a transvestite.

  • Ex-Army

    Solenn i-date mo lang yan si Comm. tapos na ang problema..

  • pgsalt

    BIR is very aggressive in coming after presumed tax evaders yet they can’t even clean their own ranks sa mga tiwali at kurakot. Mahiya naman kayo!

    I especially resent this BIR who can just levy taxes on online stores like Sulit and AyosDito without passing a law. Taxation without representation at its worst!

    Then, the end result of it all is that our hard-earned money will just be spent wastefully by bureaucrats and government officials. Screw you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pspedroche Pompeyo Pedroche

    With great fame and fortune, comes great responsibility _SpiderWoman Kim Henarez..

  • Mamang Pulis

    Hello Solenn–If I pay your taxes–will you marry me?

    ;p

  • Cano Manuel

    Stupid excuses.

  • rouelcalzita

    Noo…kie, every time a person caught for tax evasion, they were simply uttered strange melody words I’m law abiding tax payer & my accountant got honesty mistake.

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