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BIR files tax evasion raps vs customs broker, transport firm

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MANILA (Mabuhay) — Tax evasion charges were filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) against a licensed customs broker for alleged willful attempt to evade or defeat tax, supplying incorrect information in her Annual Income Tax Returns (ITR), and failure to file quarterly value-added tax (VAT) returns.

Charged before the Department of Justice (DOJ) was broker Imelda Manares Suba for a total tax liability of P15.6 million, inclusive of surcharges and interests.

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares bared that Suba deliberately underdeclared her taxable income by P2.17 million or by 34% in 2009, P13.62 million or 1,840% in 2010, and by P1.34 million or by 170% in 2011.

The alpha list of the BIR shows that income payments were made by Semirara Mining Corp to Suba amounting to P19.31 million in 2009 up to 2011, from which Semirara deducted withholding taxes amounting to P0.54 million.

Also charged were her certified public accountants (CPA), Miguel De Leon Garcia and Josephine P. Yopo for certifying Suba’s financial statements for 2010 and 2011, respectively, in violation of Sec 257 of the tax code.

Transport firm in trouble

Another tax evasion complaint was filed by the bureau against a transport company for “evading payment of common carriers’ tax.”

Bovjen Transport Services, Inc and its officers: Alberto G. Carating II (president) and Geraldine Carating (treasurer) were charged for alleged willful attempt to evade taxes amounting to P6.82 million, inclusive of surcharges and interests, and deliberate failure to file quarterly Percentage Tax Returns (PTR) for 2009 up to 2012.

Bovjen, a duly registered firm based in Balagtas, Bulacan, is a grantee of a Certificate of Public Convenience and operates commercial transport along the Sta Maria via NLEX-Edsa to Baclaran route.

However, Henares said that the company has represented itself as being engaged in trading.

Bovjen has no record of PTRs filed and the required percentages taxes paid for the above-mentioned period, and, instead, filed VAT returns.

The complaint states that the company took advantage of the creditable VAT system in order to defeat taxes, by paying insignificant VAT dues amounting to only P76,124.41 for the said period.

The percentage tax Bovjen should have paid amounts to P3.64 million, the complaint pointed out.

The cases against Suba, et al. and Bovjen are the 177th and 178th filed by the BIR under its Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program under the Aquino administration. (MNS)

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