By Jun Ramirez
The Bureau of Internal Revenue filed yesterday separate tax evasion cases against three corporate taxpayers for alleged nonpayment of income and business taxes totaling more than P200 million.
Included in the charge sheets filed before the Department of Justice are their key officers, namely; Jose Reyes, president of Emerald Sales Center, La Vista Village, Quezon City; Tranquilino Aglugub, president of Ira General Security Services, Cubao, Quezon City; and Daniel Lee and Rizalina Chan, president and treasurer, respectively, of Owtel Philippines, Ortigas, Pasig City.
The highest deficiency tax assessment of P159 million was slapped against Owtel, which is engaged in telecommunications. followed by Ira, P34 million.
Emerald, which was assessed to owe the BIR P12 million, is into the sale and distribution of lighting fixtures.
Quezon City Revenue Regional Director Marina De Guzman who has jurisdiction over the business taxpayers said the complaints were filed after they ignored assessment and collection notices sent to them.
The respondents’ obstinate failure and continued refusal to pay their long overdue taxes, despite repeated demands, constitute willful failure to pay taxes due the government,” De Guzman said.
The latest tax evasion complaints brought to 34 the number of cases filed under run-after-tax-evaders (RATE) of the BIR led by Revenue Commissioner Caesar R. Dulay.