Supplier of big supermarkets in trouble with BIR

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 16 2014 02:40 PM | Updated as of Jan 16 2014 10:40 PM

MANILA – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has filed charges against a fruits and vegetables supplier over alleged tax evasion schemes.

The BIR said charges of Willful Attempt to Evade or Defeat Tax and Deliberate Failure to Supply Correct and Accurate Information in Income Tax Returns (ITRs) were filed against Alejandrino Yu, the sole proprietor of Freshgold Marketing.

Yu was assessed an aggregate deficiency income tax liability for taxable years 2009 to 2012 amounting to P82.40 million, inclusive of surcharges and interests.

Yu’s firm is engaged in the sale of perishable goods, particularly fruits and vegetables, to groceries and supermarkets in Metro Manila.

Among Yu’s customers are Alabang Supermarket Corp., CitySuper Incorporated, DOLE Philippines, Inc., DSG Sons Group, Inc. (Gaisano), Grand Union Supermarket, Inc., Hi-Top Supermarket, Inc., Diamond Hotel Philippines, The Landmark, Inc., and Unimart, Inc.

The BIR also filed complaints for Willful Failure to Pay Taxes pursuant to Section 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, as amended (Tax Code) against two delinquent corporate taxpayers from Quezon City and Pasig City.

Charged were Albeva Konstrukt & Development Corp. (AKDC), together with its president Alberto Macaraeg and treasurer Evalyn Macaraeg.

AKDC is a domestic corporation engaged in general construction business, including the constructing, enlarging, repairing, developing or engaging in any work for buildings, houses and condominium, roads, plants, bridges, airfields, piers, waterworks, railroads and other structures.

AKDC and its two officers were also sued for deficiency taxes for taxable year 2007 in the aggregate amount of P5.16 million, inclusive of surcharges and interests.

Also charged in a separate complaint was the Power Generation of the Philippines (Powergen), including its president Eduardo Alino and comptroller Lester Valdes.

Powergen is a domestic corporation whose primary purpose is to generate power.

Powergen and its two officers were likewise sued for deficiency taxes for taxable year 2006 in the aggregate amount of P30.83 million, inclusive of surcharges and interests.

BIR said the failure and continued refusal of both AKDC and Powergen to pay their long overdue deficiency tax assessments, despite repeated demands, were construed as willful failure to pay the taxes due to the government.