Bizwoman faces P228M tax evasion case

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has filed a criminal case before the Department of Justice against businesswoman Lilibeth Nuque for tax delinquencies amounting to P228 million.

BIR Revenue Region 4 regional director Jethro Sabarriaga confirmed to Sun.Star Pampanga that Nuque failed to report properly her taxable income for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Nuque owns and operates LQN Gasoline Station, which is located in San Ramon in the town of Dinalupihan in Bataan. She is into retail sale of automotive fuel under a Retail Dealership Agreement, which he entered into with PTT Philippines Corporation.

She also owns and operates LQN Convenience Store, which she runs within the premises of her gasoline station.

Investigations showed that Nuque declared taxable sales amounting to P72.29 million, P103.91 million and P91.96 million for taxable years 2010, 2011, and 2012, respectively, with very low tax compliance by paying income taxes similarly fixed at .02 percent of her total taxable sales for the above mentioned years.

The BIR added that Nuque declared fuel purchases amounting to P70.58 million, P101.85 million and P88.63 million for the said taxable years. However, PTTPC certified that NUQUE’s fuel purchases actually amounted to P153.29 million, P231 million, and P178 million.

BIR said that despite having sold the fuel, which she purchased from PTTPC during the years in question, she did not correctly declare income arising from such sales transaction.

“Nuque, thus, under declared her taxable sales by 117.96 percent or P65 million in 2010; 129 percent or P134 million in 2011; and 101 percent or P93 million in 2012,” the Sabarriaga said.

Nuque is estimated to have a tax libility of P228 million inclusive of surcharges and interests. She is the 451st filed under the Run After Tax Evaders program of the BIR under Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares.

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