Online plea urges BIR: Sue Marcos for unpaid property taxes
MANILA — A group has filed an online petition asking the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to file a lawsuit against presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for his alleged non-payment of 203 billion pesos in property taxes .
Narzalina Lim, co-founder of the Women’s Alliance for Action Toward Reform (AWARE), said they filed the petition as taxpayers asking for equal treatment under the law.
“We are taxpayers and we pay our taxes regularly and faithfully, and I don’t think the Marcos should be exempt from the law and we are tired of the lies that Bongbong Marcos says there is no finality yet in settling this inheritance tax,” she told ANC’s “Rundown.”
“It is a blatant lie because the Supreme Court ruled in 1997 that these inheritance taxes must be paid and we are simply asking the BIR to do their duty. Now sending a letter of demand is not enough, it is now time to file criminal charges,” Lim added.
The Bureau of Internal Revenue has confirmed that the family of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. has been sent a written request to settle their estate tax debts.
Marcos’ camp, however, has yet to address the issue.
AWARE’s petition had more than 17,000 signatures on the Change.org website as of Thursday morning.
While saying she is not surprised at the number of signatories so far, Lim expressed hope that more will sign their petition in the coming days.
“A lot of people are angry. On April 15, we have to file our taxes again. And, you know, ordinary workers’ taxes are automatically withheld, we pay taxes to the government, and it goes to corruption, everything n is not used, because there are a lot of leaks due to corruption,” she said.
“It should be more. But it’s only been 5 days, so we hope there will be more signatories,” Lim added.
Lim said they hope to send their letter to BIR Commissioner Cesar Dulay soon.
“We are going to put pressure on the BIR and I think there are many other groups or citizens who are putting the same pressure on. It has become a big election issue,” she said.
“The Marcos should be held accountable. Not only for this inheritance tax, but for the income taxes that Bongbong Marcos failed to pay in 1981-1985 when he was Governor of Ilocos, for which he should have been disqualified as a candidate for the presidency.
–ANC, March 24, 2022