Judy Ann Santos Tax Evasion Case

August 26, 2008

The tax evasion case against Judy Ann Santos will push through after the Supreme Court dismissed her petition for review. It can be remembered that Judy Ann Santos has been charged with tax evasion by the BIR after an investigation by the BIR showed that Judy Ann Santos incurred a P2.714-million tax deficiency in 2002. The tax evasion case chronology:

* Judy Ann Santos has been charged with tax evasion in the lower court;
* She then filed a motion to quash the information against her in the 1st Division of the Court of Tax Appeals;
* The Court of Tax Appeals 1st Division dismissed her motion to quash the information against her;
* Judy Ann Santos filed a petition for review with the Court of Tax Appeals en banc to appeal the resolution of the Court of Tax Appeals first division to the Court of Tax Appeals en banc;
* The Court of Tax Appeals en banc denied her petition and instead upheld the decision of the 1st Division of the Court of Tax Appeals;
* Judy Ann Santos then appealed to the Supreme Court

And today, the Supreme Court as mentioned above upheld the decision of the Court of Tax Appeals en banc, which means the tax evasion case against Judy Ann Santos will now be be able to push through and give her her day in court. Guilty or not guilty, she has to explain it in court now and not hide in technicalities.

In her petition with the Supreme Court, Judy Ann Santos even used as an alibi the case against Regine Velasquez which did not prosper because it was later dismissed by the Department of Justice. Judy Ann’s camp questioned why Regine Velasquez’ case was dismissed while her’s was not. The Supreme Court said it was not the case, her case was different because when Regine Velasquez was charged, it was still not clear how much taxes she owes the BIR, in Judy Ann’s case, it was already certain she owes 2.1 Million.

In short, magbayad po tayo ng tamang buwis. Kung ang mga ordinaryong empleyado nga nagbabayad ng tama, mga sikat pa kaya na mas may kakayahang magbayad ang hindi. Sayang naman ang system losses ng kaban ng bayan sa mga di marunong magbayad ng tamang buwis.

Bato bato sa langit ang tamaan wag magalit. Kung fan ka e di fan ka wala namang question dun. Wag lang po bulag na tagasunod. Period walang comma!

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