Court acquits PBA veteran Asi Taulava from tax evasion case

Pauliasi ‘Asi’ Taulava (Photo Credits:

The Court of Tax Appeals has absolved PBA star Pauliasi ‘Asi’ Taulava of the tax evasion charges filed against him.

Based on the 41-page decision released by the CTA first division last November 3, the Bureau of Internal Revenue failed to prove that Taulava was sent a Final Letter of Demand for his tax assessment in 2004, a notice which the basketball player insisted to have not received.

The prosecution also wasn’t able to produce documents showing that the veteran basketball player was informed of his tax deficiencies.

Due to this, the decision signed by Associate Court Justice Erlinda Uy said that, since due process was not followed, Taulava is not obligated to pay his debt to the government worth Php 9.55 million.

The court has also ordered that the Php 24,000 bail posted by Taulava in 2013 be returned to the basketball player.

In 2005, the BIR accused Taulava of not paying his income tax deficiencies and value-added tax for the year 2004.

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