BIR files tax charges against 4 firms

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Four companies involved in the transportation, engineering, real properties and infants wear business faced a total of P232.7-million worth of tax charges filed against them by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

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In a series of statements, the BIR said that it filed criminal complaints against the firms with the Department of Justice because of “willful attempt to evade or defeat income tax and value-added tax” for their respective taxable years.

One of the four companies, realty company MGNP Inc., its president and chief executive, Neal Jose Gonzales, and treasurer Patrick Jean Gonzales were charged for three counts of tax evasion.

BIR found that the real estate firm purchased properties and parcels of land which were not declared in their income tax returns (ITR) for 2009, 2011 and 2012 totaling P190.1 million: P40.6 million in 2009; P117.9 million in 2011; and P31.7 million in 2012.

On the other hand, transport company Kingsam Express Inc. and its president, Samuel Santos, were also charged over total tax liabilities amounting to P33.6 million because of bus transactions which were not recorded in 2008 and 2009, or 9.8 million and P23.8 million, respectively.

The BIR also filed P4.1-million tax charges against infant wear retailer Manling Uy Lim, because of failure to pass, declare and pay income taxes for taxable year 2007.

“Despite such finality and exhaustion of administrative remedies, Lim still failed to pay her deficiency taxes due,” the bureau said.

Also, engineering and construction firm LVS Glimpex Philippines Corp. (LGPC) and its president, Bonifacio Ladia, were charged with P4.8-million tax raps as his company did not comply to BIR requirements of income tax statements for 2008.

In tracking tax discrepancies, the BIR used the Expenditure Method for majority of the cases, which compares the amount of money taxpayers spends and their source of money or income against their reported incomes and tax statements.

The BIR earlier said that it is intensifying its Run After Tax Evaders program to help the government increase its revenue take.

Kristyn Nika M. Lazo

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