House panel approves tax exemption for Pia Wurtzbach

What would Kim Henares say?

( The House Ways and Means committee on January 26 approved House Bill 6367, exempting the earnings and prizes of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach from taxes and duties. This is after Congress passed a bill that sought an exemption on her earnings and perks from winning the prestigious pageant.


Brothers Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and Abante Mindanao party-list Rep. Maximo Rodriguez Jr., who filed the bill, earlier said Pia deserves to at least get a break from taxes. “In view of the tremendous achievement of Kagay-anon Ms. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach and for bringing pride and honor to the Philippines by winning the 2015 Miss Universe pageant, it is only right that all her winnings and prizes be exempt from any form of taxes and duties,” they said.


According to the proposed House Bill 6367, Pia's year-long salary as Miss Universe, her accommodations in New York City, as well as other prizes, should be exempted from tax. Earlier, Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares reminded the 26-year-old to compute and pay the right taxes when she returns to the country.


Meanwhile, Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) lawyer Nina Asuncion clarified that Pia will be exempt from Philippine taxes on one condition. “The U.S. may have already taxed Pia Wurtzbach on the prizes she received there," she said. According to BIR, the beauty queen has to present supporting documents as proof if she wants those tax payments credited in the Philippines. 


Also read: Special bill filed to exempt Pia Wurtzbach from tax


Erratum: The first version of this article said House Bill 6367 is  already official. This has been corrected.



Photo by Jadrienne Ho

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