Costly mistake: BIR blunder leads to P512-M tax collection case loss

Published June 9, 2021, 12:25 PM

by Jun Ramirez

The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has stopped the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) from collecting more than P512 million in deficiency taxes from a real estate company after it turned out that the investigation on the case was conducted by unauthorized revenue officers.

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The court’s Third Division stated that the letter of authority (LA) to investigate Sm Synergy Properties Holding was issued by a mere division head of the BIR’s Large Taxpayers Service (LTS).

The 29-page decision stated that only the head of the LTS has the power to issue an LA under Revenue Memorandum Order No. 29-07.

“Therefore the tax examiners assigned to the case were not authorized to conduct the investigation,” said Associate Justice Ma. Belen M. Ringpis-Liban, who penned the resolution.

The alleged tax liabilities covered income, value-added, expanded withholding, and documentary stamp taxes for the whole year of 2009.