BIR files P112-M charges against 5 tax evaders

March 13, 2014 7:50 pm

Four tax evaders faced criminal charges under the Department of Justice (DOJ) as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed P111.8-million tax evasion cases on Thursday.

In a series of statements, the BIR said that the five cases totaling to P111.8-million tax liabilities was charged under the Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program that pin down tax dodgers who do not pay their taxes right.

German Espiritu Liner Inc., with its president Cecilio German and treasurer Erlina German, was charged with tax evasion case for their “willful attempt to evade or defeat taxes” totaling to P4.2 million for years 2010 to 2012.

Also, a Malampaya fund infrastructure projects contractor—Banz Built Construction proprietor Agerico Banzon—failed to pay a total of P62.5 million from years 2008 to 2010.

Businessman Philip Delan Ben also had tax liabilities of P16.4 million in 2006, while Tie Con Builders Inc. President Felix Tienzo owed a total of P34.5 million, which was subject to repeated notice as BIR said, but their failure led to the bureau filing criminal charges.

On the other hand, trader Teresa Sison was charged with P10.6 million tax evasion case for her willful attempt to evade liabilities in years 2009 and 2010.

The BIR said that they had filed a number of notices to the five businessmen and traders before they have raised and filed the cases to the DOJ.

The BIR continues its Tax Watch campaigns at present, telling taxpayers to register, file and pay the right taxes as filing of new income tax return forms will end in April this year.

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares earlier said that the BIR targets to collect P1.456 trillion income taxes for 2014, which was higher than the P1.253 trillion targets last year as well as the P1.217-trillion actual 2013 collections. Kristyn Nika M. Lazo

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