• BIR files P207-M tax evasion charges

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    The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday filed tax evasion charges with the Department of Justice amounting to P207.28 million.

    In a statement, the bureau said that it has filed a criminal complaint against an estate administrator in Quezon City identified as Mary Anne Abad for the violation of Sections 254 and 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, or the Tax Code.

    The BIR said that Mary Anne allegedly attempted to evade or defeat the payment of estate tax, and failed to file the estate tax return on the estate of Martiniano Abad.

    Furthermore, the tax bureau also charged Quezon City lawyer Antolin Oliva for one count of willful attempt to evade or defeat the payment of estate tax on the estate of Martiniano, also in violation of Section 254 in relation to Section 253 (b) of the Tax Code.

    Mary Anne was sued for the payment of the estate tax on the estate of Martiniano amounting to P129.70 million, inclusive of surcharges and interests, and Oliva for willfully aiding or abetting in the commission of the crime of attempting to evade or defeat payment of estate tax.

    Meanwhile, an Internet company and its officers were also charged for the violations of Sections 254 and 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, or Tax Code.

    Located at Ortigas Center, San Antonio, Pasig City, the company was identified as Domain Merchandising Services Inc. (DMSI), a domestic corporation primarily engaged in the promotion, marketing, customer support, technical support and research and development for Internet domain name registration services.

    Also charged were DMSI President Ma. Milagros Casas and treasurers Estelita Arada and Jonalyn Quesada.

    “A comparison of the documents and information gathered revealed that DMSI deliberately underdeclared its taxable income by P25.75 million, or 268 percent in 2009; P40.74 million, or 370 percent in 2010; P41.33 million, or 421 percent in 2011; and P36.45 million, or 362 percent in 2012,”it stated.

    DMSI was sued for a total tax liability of P77.58 million, inclusive of surcharges and interests, broken down as follows: P16.16 million in 2009; P23.26 million in 2010; P21.09 million in 2011 and P17.07 million in 2012.

    Mayvelin U. Caraballo

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