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BIR files tax evasion raps vs QC councilor, 2 other firms

MANILA� As part of President Rodrigo Duterte administration's campaign to go after tax evaders, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Tuesday filed a tax evasion complaint before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against incumbent Quezon City councilor and his company for alleged failure to pay taxes worth PHP20 million.

In a statement, the BIR said that Quezon City (3rd District) Councilor Franz Pumaren, president of All Best Chodvale Development Incorporated is facing raps for violation of Section 255 in relation to Sections 253 and 256 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 as amended for, allegedly failing to pay taxes worth PHP 20, 453,895 million for taxable year 2009.

The allegedly unpaid taxes are broken down into: Income tax at PHP11,319,781.09, Value Added Tax at PHP6,174,835.56, and Improperly Accumulated Earnings Tax at PHP2,959,278.56.

The BIR also filed tax evasion raps on Tuesday against two other companies in Quezon City.

Sued for neglecting to pay tax liabilities are Bistro Italiano Corp, with its president Willia Stelton and treasurer Lawrence Ong as respondents, and Cebu Fiesta Island of the South Restaurant Corp, with its president Dennis Tia.

Bistro Italiano, a food and beverage management firm, is sued for allegedly unpaid taxes of PHP4,287,132.39 for taxable year 2007, while Cebu Fiesta, a food court business, was charged for allegedly unpaid taxes of PHP7,987,700.47 for taxable year 2008.

BIR said that the three companies were served the corresponding Letters to Authority (LOA), Request for Presentation and Records, Subpoena Duces Tecum (SDT), Preliminary Assessment Notices (PAN) Final Assessment Notices (FAN) and Formal Letters to Demand (FLD) with details of discrepancies but failed to present relevant documents to substantiate claim or protest said assessments.

The subsequent issuance of Preliminary Collection Letters(PCL), Final Notice Before Seizure(FNBS), warrants of Distraint and or Levy(WDL), Warrants of Garnishment (WG), and Demands before Suits (DBS) was ignored by the respondents, as the afore-cited assessments remained unpaid.

The three companies' obstinate failure and continued refusal to pay their long overdue deficiency taxes despite repeated demands, constitute wilful failure to pay taxes due to the Government.

The cases filed against three delinquent taxpayers are the 41, 42 and 43 filed under Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program under the leadership of Commisioner Caesar R. Dulay.

Source: Philippine News Agency

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