THE HEIRS of late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos over the weekend maintained their refusal to settle the family’s unpaid inheritance tax that has soared to more than 200 billion pesos, saying the tax liability case is still pending before the courts.
“Our rivals are misleading everyone by claiming that the matter has reached finality when the truth is that it is still pending in court,” Victor D. Rodriguez, spokesman for Mr. Marcos’ only son, Ferdinand “Bongbong”, who introduces himself. for the presidency in the May elections, said in a statement.
The Marcos family’s 23 billion peso inheritance tax has yet to be settled, the agency tasked with recovering the family’s ill-gotten wealth said earlier this month.
The amount had ballooned to 203.8 billion pesos due to interest and penalties after the Marcos refused to pay it, retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio T. Carpio said in a September 30 column. 2021 for the Filipino Daily Researcher.
He said a 1997 High Court decision upholding a Court of Appeal ruling on the Marcos family estate tax was already final and binding.
The country’s tax agency confirmed last week that it had sent a written request to the Marcos family to settle their tax debts.
Mr. Rodriguez also claimed that ownership of the disputed properties has not yet been settled. “That said, the fair and equitable tax base to be used to calculate inheritance tax cannot yet be established with certainty.”
Former Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) chief Kim S. Jacinto-Henares said last week that the Marcos should have asked the High Court to reconsider their inheritance tax when it ruled her decision.
“They had 30 days, I believe, to appeal,” she told ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo. “If they haven’t, it’s now final and binding.”
Critics including Mr Carpio have called on the BIR to file a criminal complaint against the Marcoses for refusing to pay their inheritance tax.
Ms Henares, who served as BIR commissioner from 2010 to 2016, said it would be difficult to pursue criminal action against Mr Marcos if he wins in May because of presidential immunity.
She said the BIR under her leadership did not pursue criminal charges because they prioritized collecting the properties the family had acquired illegally.
“During my time, we had identified and collected properties,” Ms. Henares said, noting that government coffers were depleted when the late Benigno SC Aquino III took over as president.
“I probably wouldn’t have filed it either, because if we had, we wouldn’t be able to do anything but respond to Marcos, which isn’t our primary focus,” she said. . — Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza