BIR slams P232.7-M tax evasion charges on 4 companies, CEOs

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Four industry companies involved in transportation, engineering, real properties and infants wear faced a total of P232.7-million worth of tax charges from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for evading to pay their respective taxes in one to three years.

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In a series of statements, the BIR said that they filed criminal complaints to 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 because of three counts of tax evasion.

BIR found that the real estate firm purchased properties and parcel of land which was not declared in their income tax returns (ITR) in 2009, 2011 and 2012, which is a total of P190.1 million liability: 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. (KEI) and its president Samuel Santos were also charged because of their total liability of P33.6 million because of bus transactions which were not recorded in 2008 and 2009—P9.8 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 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 they did not comply to BIR requirements of income tax statements for 2008.

In tracking tax discrepancies, the BIR used 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 they are intensifying the run after tax evaders (RATE) program that will eventually raise taxes for funding of other government programs in line with the current administration’s agenda of inclusive growth. KRISTYN NIKA M. LAZO

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