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Isko Camp: BIR confirms written demand to Marcos family’s P203 billion tax liabilities

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The camp of presidential candidate Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said, the Bureau of Internal Revenue has confirmed sending the family of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. a written demand to settle their estate tax liabilities.

“The BIR did send a written demand to the Marcos heirs on December 2, 2021 regarding their tax liabilities,” BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay said in a letter dated March 14 that the Aksyon Demokratiko party posted on Facebook.

The letter was in response to Aksyon Demokratiko chairman Ernest Ramel’s request that the BIR confirm whether or not it was attempting to collect an estimated P203 billion in tax liabilities from the Marcoses, according to the political party.

The Marcos camp has yet to issue a statement in response to the Aksyon Demokratiko’s revelation. Domagoso’s party has stated that if elected president, he will go after the Marcos’ alleged tax liabilities.

Aksyon Demokratiko also shared a photo of another letter from the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), which stated that the BIR issued the following in 1991.

  • – Deficiency estate tax assessment against the estate of Ferdinand Marcos in the amount of P23,293,607,638
  • – Deficiency income tax assessments against Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos in the aggregate amount of P184,159,289.70 for the years 1985 to 1986
  • – Deficiency income tax assessment against Ferdinand Marcos Jr. “in the amount 1982 to 1985 in the aggregate amount of P20,410

Ramel had asked the BIR to demand that the Marcos family pay their tax liabilities, which were estimated to be worth P203.819 billion.

In response, Rodriguez stated that the estimated P200 billion estate tax of the Marcos family remains unresolved because the properties linked to the case are still under litigation, and that even the BIR and the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) “have arrived at an agreement for the BIR to wait for the decision on the said case before any collection.”

Ramel questioned Rodriguez’s statement as well, writing PCGG chairman John Agbayani to verify Rodriguez’s claim that the PCGG and BIR had reached an agreement.

If there was an agreement, Ramel said Agbayani should reveal the details because the matter is “of public interest.” Otherwise, Ramel said, “this is another proof that the camp of Marcos Jr. has again lied, as they always do in so many issues about their family, including their ill-gotten wealth.”

Domagoso, for one, is relieved that the BIR has ordered the Marcos family to pay their estate taxes.

“I’m very happy that Commissioner Dulay wrote them a demand letter for them to pay. Sana makuha natin (I hope we could get their payment,) he said in an ambush interview in Silay City, Negros Occidental.

Domagoso also promised that if elected, he will ensure that the P203-B Marcos tax liability is collected by his administration.

Source: ABS-CBN News

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