BIR files tax evasion raps vs construction firm in Laguna

MANILA-- As part of the government's campaign to go after tax evaders, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday filed a tax evasion complaint before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Laguna-based construction company for alleged failure to pay taxes amounting to PHP191.19 million.

In a statement, the BIR said that GMC Construction and Development Corporation (GMC) and its president Fred O. Dela Cruz are facing violation of Section 255 in relation to Sections 253 and 256 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, as amended for, allegedly failing to pay taxes worth PHP65.07 million for 2008 and PHP126.12 million for taxable year of 2009.

For 2008, the construction firm's tax liabilities, according to the BIR, is computed up to PHP65.07 million. This includes income tax of PHP19.90 million, value-added tax of PHP43.65 million, and expanded withholding tax of PHP1.52 million.

For 2009, its tax liabilities was clocked in at PHP126.12 million, with income tax recorded at PHP43.65 million, value-added tax at PHP97.12 million, expanded withholding tax at PHP12.68 million, improperly accumulated earnings tax at PHP4.51 million, documentary stamp tax at PHP0.91 million, and compromise penalty at around PHP100,000.

According to BIR's Region 9-B records of investigation, GMC was already informed of its tax liabilities.

The company was already served with letters of authority, requests for presentation of records, subpoena duces tecum, preliminary assessment notices, and formal assessment notices with details of discrepancies, the BIR said.

The BIR also filed tax evasion raps on Thursday against three other companies in Makati City and Taguig City.

Sued for neglecting to pay tax liabilities are Armel Plastic Co. Inc. located in Makati and its President Denis Lawrence V. Lipio and Finance Officer Elizah Anne M. Lipio for failing to pay PHP45,638,362.81 for P2010.

Also facing tax evasion raps are Marina Seafoods located in Taguig and its President Ross Paul Gorrciceta , Chief Operating Officer Roland Reginald Gorriceta and finance officer Rosalia Inid for alleged non-payment of PHP16,243.903.79 million for tax year of 2012.

Ski Construction Group Inc. located in Makati and its President Albert D. Altura, Chief Financial Officer Yasmin T. Moya, VP-Comptroller Carmen P. Dizon and Assistant Accounting Manager Roberto B. Camello are facing P21, 943,728.90 worth of tax liability for 2003.

The cases filed against three delinquent taxpayers are the 35, 36, 37, 38 and 39 filed under Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program under the leadership of Commisioner Caesar R. Dulay.

Source: Philippines News Agency