DOJ orders filing of P73.85-M tax evasion case vs. Rep. Mikey Arroyo, wife

October 4, 2011 9:34 pm 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo Jr.

MANILA, Oct. 4 — The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday ordered the filing of P73.85-million tax evasion charges before the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) against Ang Galing Pinoy party-list Rep. Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo and his wife, Angela Montenegro-Arroyo.

In a resolution signed by Prosecutor General Claro Arellano, the DOJ found probable cause to indict the Arroyo couple with a P73.85-million tax evasion case before the CTA.

The case arose from the Arroyo couple's alleged "repeated willful failure to file their income tax returns (ITRs) and substantial underdeclaration of income for the periods in question.

It was alleged that Mikey Arroyo did not file his ITRs in 2005, 2008, and 2009.

The BIR claimed that a scrutiny of Mikey Arroyo's Statements of Assets and Liabilities and Networth (SALN) from 2002 to 2009 show that from 2004 to 2009, the party-list lawmaker and his wife bought millions of pesos worth of properties, including houses, vehicles, and shares of stock.

It noted that "despite receipt of substantial amounts of income, the Arroyo spouses repeatedly failed to file any annual income tax return and to pay the corresponding taxes due thereon."

The BIR required the Arroyo couple to pay the amount of P73.85 million in aggregate tax liabilities accumulated allegedly from 2004 to 2009. (PNA) DCT/RMA/PTR/mec

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