• Government charges two traders for alleged tax evasion

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    The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday filed a criminal complaint with the Department of Justice against two traders for alleged tax evasion.

    In a statement, the bureau said that trader Catherine Zafra was charged for the violation of Sections 254 and 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, or Tax Code, after she allegedly failed to file income tax return (ITR) and value-added tax (VAT) returns for taxable year 2005.

    The respondent is a sole proprietress of Wellhand Trade Center located in Dasmariñas, Cavite.

    “Further investigation showed that Zafra did not file any ITR for taxable years 1999 to 2012. Neither did she file any VAT returns for the same period,” the BIR stated.

    Zafra was assessed a total tax liability amounting to P8.98 million for deficiency taxes covering taxable year 2005, inclusive of surcharges and interests, broken down into P6.74 million for income tax and P2.24 million for VAT.

    Meanwhile, trader Joselito Nicolas was also charged for the violation of Sections 254, 255 and 275 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, or Tax Code, after he allegedly failed to file ITR for taxable years 2009, 2011 and 2012.

    Nicolas also allegedly failed to file percentage tax return for the first quarter of taxable year 2009, VAT returns for the second, third and fourth quarters of taxable year 2009, for the taxable year 2011, and for the fourth quarter of taxable year 2012.

    The respondent is the sole proprietor of Goodlucky Well Trading and Towing Services located in Holy Spirit, Quezon City.

    During the investigation, BIR said that access letters were sent to several entities requesting for certifications as to income payments made by them to GLW Trading and Towing Services.

    Replies to said access letters disclosed that the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority paid Nicolas P34.78 million in 2009 and P12.98 million in 2011, while San Miguel Foods Inc. paid P57,230.80 in 2011 and P204,624.00 in 2012.

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