5 firms face P71-M tax raps

MANILA The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday filed criminal tax complaints before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against five delinquent corporate taxpayers for failure to pay taxes amounting to PHP71 million.

The five corporations were Lucky Builders Center Corporation and its corporate officer and president Diosdado M. Dimacali; Global Trendtech Trading Corp. and its president Gemma Cheng and treasurer Emelyn Gonzales; Rar Builders Inc. and its president Efren C. Ramon; Concreteworks Inc. and its president Patrick T. Ong and treasurer Jilsen Jan Ong; and Amaautotechnic Corporation and its president John Anthony Ambata and treasurer Alexander Ambata.

Speaking to newsmen, BIR Deputy Commissioner Marissa O. Cabreros urged taxpayers with delinquent tax liabilities to settle their outstanding accounts and avail of the amnesty signed early this year by President Rodrigo Duterte.

"Once the case is already filed before prosecutors it becomes more burdensome," she said.

Pasig City-based Lucky Builders is being sued for a total deficiency tax liability for 2013 amounting to P29.07 million inclusive of increments. Global Trendtech, which is engaged in the trading and repair of cellphones and other electronic gadgets, is being sued for PHP20.07 million in tax deficiencies.

Rar Builders, a general contractor and wholesaler of firefighting equipment based in Quezon City is being sued for tax liabilities worth PHP10.06 million. Concreteworks, a manufacturer of concrete, cement and plaster is being sued for PHP6.58 million in tax liabilities while auto repair shop Amaautotechnic is being sued for unpaid taxes dating back to 2009 amounting to PHPP5.32 million.

Earlier this year, the BIR issued the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for a tax amnesty program, for a clean slate for taxpayers with delinquencies.

The agency issued Revenue Regulation 4-2019 providing the guidelines for Republic Act 11213 or the Tax Amnesty Act signed by President Duterte on February 14.

Qualified applicants with delinquent accounts covering the taxable year 2017 and prior years and assessments that have become final and executory will pay only 40 percent of the basic tax assessed.

Those with tax cases subject to final and executory judgment by the courts will pay 50 percent of the basic tax assessed, while those with pending criminal cases will pay 60 percent. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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