BIR files P2.9-M tax raps vs PMA president

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The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) a P2.93-million tax evasion case against the president of the Philippine Medical Association (PMA).

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Charged was Atty. Leo Obias Olarte, a medical practitioner and lawyer by profession. He is also a professor of Legal Medicine at the FEU-NMRF Institute of Medicine and teaches Torts and Damages at the FEU Institute of Law and UE College of Law.

In a press conference, BIR Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares said that they charged Olarte for several counts of willful attempt to evade or defeat payment of income tax (IT) and value added tax (VAT), and for several counts of deliberate failure to file his annual income tax returns (ITRs) and VAT returns and to pay IT and VAT for taxable years 2006 to 2012 in violation of Sections 254 and 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997.

BIR probers found that Olarte has been deriving compensation income concurrently from two or more employers and from the exercise of his profession for the seven-year period such as P569,825.88 in 2006; P221,206.22 in 2007; P226,186.90 in 2008; P774,940.59 in 2009; P715,515.62 in 2010; P992,298.84 in 2011; and P1,191,576.01 in 2012.

This was evidenced by BIR Forms 1604CF/1604CE Alphalist submitted by various withholding agents of Olarte for the said period.

Henares said that Olarte was assessed a total tax liability of P2.93 million in deficiency income and value added taxes for taxable years 2006 to 2012, inclusive of surcharges and interests, such as P456,704.65 for 2006; P158,034.72 for 2007; P141,037.31 for 2008; P547,889.55 for 2009; P422,907.89 for 2010; P573,611.21 for 2011; and P634,605.91 for 2012. (PNA)

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