Kapuso actress Solenn Heussaff charged with tax evasion by BIR

Kapuso actress Solenn Heussaff charged with tax evasion by BIR

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) today filed a criminal complaint with the Department of Justice against Solenn Marie Adea Heusaff for willful attempt to evade or defeat tax and for deliberate failure to supply correct and accurate information, resulting to non-payment of taxes due thereon, in violation of Section 254 and Section 255 of the NationalInternal Revenue Code of 1997, as amended (Tax Code).

Charged with Heusaff was her Certified Public Accountant Teofilo C. Magno Jr. who certified the former’s Financial Statements in violation of Section 257 of the Tax Code.

Heusaff is an actress, television host, model, singer, and endorser of various products in the Philippines.

Records of investigation showed that Heusaff was issued Letter of Authority No. 211-2013-00000014 for the examination of her books of accounts and other accounting records for all internal revenue taxes covering taxable year 2011.

In order to ascertain the true income received by Heusaff for the said taxable year, access letters were sent to business entities that engaged her services. Replies to access letters received from Heusaff’s withholding agents/payors revealed that she received income payments amounting to P13.38 million in 2011. Further investigation revealed that she declared a gross income of only P6.73 million in her Income Tax Return (ITR) for taxable year 2011.

A comparison of the gross income declared by Heusaff in her 2011 ITR as against the income she earned for the same year certified by her income payors disclosed that she substantially underdeclared her taxable income for 2011 by P6.65 million or by 99%.

Consequently, Heusaff was sued for a total tax liability amounting to P3.6 million for deficiency income tax covering taxable year 2011, inclusive of surcharges and interests.

Independent CPA Magno for his part was sued for issuing an unqualified opinion in his certification of the financial statements of Heusaff despite the latter’s aforementioned underdeclaration in her reported income.

The case against Heusaff and Magno is the 158th filed under the Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program of the BIR under the leadership of Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares.

An April 5, 2013, press release from the Bureau of Internal Revenue
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