Friday, September 30, 2005


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Actor Richard Gomez is charged with tax evasion for failure to declare his income for four years.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) today recommended the filing of tax evasion charges against actor Richard Gomez at the Court of Tax Appeals after it found probable cause that the actor "feloniously fail to file his income tax return with the Bureau of Internal Revenue."

The information sheet signed by Prosecutor Lawrence Chua-Cheng accused Gomez of not filing his income tax return for the years 2000 up to 2003.

The charge stemmed from a complaint by the BIR filed on April 14, 2005.

Investigations conducted by the BIR revealed that the actor earned some P3-million pesos from the year 2000 up to 2003. He earned P1,822,222.18 from ABS-CBN2 in 2001; P1,022,222.22 from ABS-CBN2 and GMA7 in 2002; and P166,666.70 from ABS-CBN2 in 2003.

Gomez had earlier claimed that he did not file his income tax for the years 2000, 2001 and 2002 because he had no income.

In 2003, he said he had donated his earning to Harte-Beest Inc., a company which Gomez had divested from in favor of his manager Douglas Quijano.

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