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BIR steps up campaign against tax evaders

03/30/2012 [ tribune.net.ph ]

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) stepped up its campaign against tax evaders by filing four regional tax cases at the Department of Justice worth P69 million, including one against a supplier of the SM Group of Companies, weeks before the deadline for the filing of income tax returns.

The biggest case involves P51.5 million in taxes from the sale of a 1,282-square meter parcel of land in Pangasinan wherein the Certificate Authorizing Registration (CAR) covering the land was falsified.

The BIR filed the case against Humberto Cason Solis, the seller, Elma de la Cruz Versoza, the buyer, and the Registrar of Deeds of Dagupan City, lawyer Cecilia Mumar.

Solis sold Versoza a commercial property in Dagupan City but they falsified the CAR that changed the classification of the property to agricultural.

During the BIR’s investigation, they learned that the property is also used in trade and business and should have been subjected to the expanded withholding tax and value added tax (VAT).

The BIR computed Versoza’s deficiency expanded withholding tax at P7.24 million including surcharge and interest while Solis’ deficiency taxes totalled P44.25 million involving deficiency income taxes of P27.99 million, deficiency documentary stamp taxes of P1.81 million and deficiency value added taxes of P14.45 million.

According to the BIR, Solis and Versoza evaded the payment of the expanded withholding tax, income tax, value added tax (VAT) and documentary stamp tax by using falsified documents to effect the transfer of the property and that wouldn’t have happened had Mumar not effected the registration of the document that transferred the property.

The second case involved P10.93 million in taxes from a supplier of the SM Group of Companies, Year Full Fashion Enterprises Inc., wherein its president, Charlie Chan, and treasurer, Irene Chan, were named respondents.

The Cubao-based Year Full Fashion Enterprises was found to have sold P66.35 million to the SM Group of Companies in 2010 based on data provided by the conglomerate but Year Full Fashion Enterprises declared sales of only P29.85 million.

By underdeclaring its sales, Year Full Fashion Enterprises evaded the payment of correct income and value added taxes.

The BIR computed the company’s deficiency income tax for 2010 at P3.46 million including surcharge and interest and its deficiency value added tax at P7.74 million for a total of P10.93 million.

The BIR also filed a tax evasion case against the San Pablo City-based Southserv Logistics Corp., its president, Retituto Raflores, and its treasurer, Teresita de Gracia.
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