I agree with Kim Herares! I have to clarify what I meant about Manny Pacquiao and his tax. I did not mean for him to get a lifetime tax-break. That is most unfair. Manny has enough money to last him and his family several lifetimes.
Not paying any tax is beyond a joke and an insult to you and me who have to pay from our meagre salaries.
What they should have done was to let Manny and the Filipinos basked in the glory of Manny’s winning back the title. Let us all show our pride; that despite Manny having been written off as getting on a bit and rather pathetic to still boxing at his age, he showed the world that age was not a hindrance. It is always been about skill and stamina.
The BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) could have postponed their efficacy for money grabbing. Though Kim Henares is right to ask Manny to pay for his income tax or demand for receipts of purported taxes which have been paid to the US.
Kim Henares should also go for Janet Napoles, Enrile, Estrada and Revilla and all those implicated under the pork barrel scandals and review their tax return under a fine tooth comb.
Kim Henares and the BIR posturing look like they are victimising Manny Pacquiao by making him an example. Manny is an easy target to them and they are making the poor guy squirmed. Really horrendous way to treat a national fist icon.
Anyway, again, Manny should pay tax, just like everyone else who is gainfully employed.
Henares: Lifetime tax break for Pacquiao unfair
by Jon Carlos Rodriguez, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 12/05/2013 10:12 PM | Updated as of 12/06/2013 12:10 AM
MANILA – Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares criticized the proposed bill seeking to give Sarangani congressman and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao a lifetime tax exemption, calling it “unconstitutional.”
Henares said giving Pacquiao a lifetime tax break for his accomplishments as a boxer will be unfair to other taxpayers.
“There should be a valid classification and everyone who is similarly situated should be accorded the same privilege. We have other national heroes, why aren’t we giving them the same privilege?” she told ANC on Thursday.
She said honoring Pacquiao with the privilege may also expose the country’s skewed value system, which venerates icons and not the soldiers who risk life and limb to protect and defend the country.
“Ito ang magiging tanong: kung ako ay sundalo, eh bakit ako walang exemption eh ang puhunan ko ay buhay ko? Kung hindi naman public sector ang papag-usapan natin, sasabihin ng mga lineman, eh bakit ako hindi ako in-exempt eh tinataya ko ang buhay ko kapag nagre-repair ako ng electric lines. Pero ‘yung mga athlete, hindi naman nila tinataya ang buhay nila for the benefit of other people, it’s for themselves,” she said in a separate interview on dzMM.
The tax exemption for Pacquiao was proposed by Valenzuela City Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo, who wants the bill to known as the Pacquiao Act of 2013.
Under Section 3 of the bill, it says the “state shall confer lifetime individual income tax exemption to boxing icon Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, also known as Manny Pacquiao, who has given outstanding honor and pride to the Filipino people.”
But Henares disputed this, saying that giving honor to a country is not enough basis for a tax exemption.
“Ang karangalan ng bansa ay inaambag ng bawat mamamayan, hindi lang naman isang tao. So kung ganoon ang criteria natin, madami ding mamamayan na nagbibigay ng karangalan eh bakit hindi natin bigyan ng exemption,” she said.
Only minimum wage earners and overseas Filipino workers are exempted from paying income taxes in the Philippines.
Henares also opposed the proposal by ABAKADA partylist Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz to grant tax perks to athletes who win prizes overseas, saying that the government should give assistance to them during their training, not when they have already reaped success.
She suggested that the government should instead provide them with pension plans, healthcare or life insurance.
“May ibang panukala para sa athletes in general, pero hindi naman ‘yan ang kailangan nilang tulong eh. Ang kailangan nila ay ‘pag nag-uumpisa pa sila, ‘yung training nila para magchampion sila. At kapag nagchampion sila, may pagkakataon na sila kumita,” she said.
She also said that exempting athletes from paying taxes may mean that the government will subsidize the “lavish lifestyle” common to wealthy athletes.
“Kung nanalo sila, buti kung lahat ng gastos nila ay binibigay nila sa nation building. I’m not generalizing, but if you look at the history of athletes, they earn big money but at the end of the day, nawawala ‘yung money kasi ginastos nila pambili ng magagarang kotse, bahay, maluhong pamumuhay, ‘yung iba pa nga diyan may bisyo. Ibig sabihin, kapag in-exempt niyo, ang gobyerno ang magsu-subsidize ng standard of living na ‘yan. Parang hindi naman tama ‘yan,” she said.
IT’S NOT ILLEGAL, SAYS GUNIGUNDO
Gunigundo, meanwhile, defended the constitutionality of his bill, saying there is nothing in the Constitution that says granting tax breaks to an individual is illegal.
“There is nothing wrong with giving individual tax exemption. Why? Because we are also conferring individual Filipino citizenship to foreigners who did so much for our nation to lift up our country,” he told ANC.
He said if corporations are given “tax holidays,” Filipinos who have brought pride to the country should also be given tax perks.
“Bakit hindi natin magawa ‘yan sa isang tao na nagbigay ng napakagandang karangalan sa ating bansa,” he said.
Pacquiao is currently in a legal battle with the BIR for back taxes from 2008 to 2009 worth over P2.2 billion.
He has filed a civil case against the BIR before the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) questioning the tax liability. The next hearing is scheduled on January 16.
The CTA has issued a gag order against Pacquiao and the BIR on the tax case.