THE Court of Tax Appeals has absolved Philippine Basketball Association star Paul Asi Taulava, now an NLEX cager, in a P9.55-million tax evasion case filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue in 2013.
In a decision on Nov. 3, the court said BIR failed to prove Taulava’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt and that the government was not able to show proof that they had informed him of his tax deficiencies.
The BIR accused Taulava of failure to pay his 2004 tax deficiencies worth P3.2 million and value-added tax deficiencies of P1 million, plus interest and surcharges worth P4.042 million and P1.3 million, respectively.
The prosecution said the PBA player was served notices at his home in Quezon City, and the PBA, but Taulava said he was never informed by the bureau, and that his former manager was the one who informed him about his tax deficiencies in 2010.
“Consequently, the absence of competent proof that the FLD (formal letter of demand) was duly transmitted to the taxpayer and that he was informed of the subject tax assessments, gives rise to the conclusion that the accused is under no obligation to pay for the subject taxes,” the decision read.