BIR files tax evasion raps vs 5 companies

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 13 2014 12:23 PM | Updated as of Mar 14 2014 04:44 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Internal Revenue has filed tax evasion charges against five business owners, including a contractor for a Malampaya Fund infrastructure project in Palawan and a bus operator.

The BIR filed a tax evasion complaint before the Department of Justice against Agerico Banzon, another Malampaya Fund infrastructure projects contractor, for a total tax libility of P62.46 million.

Banzon is the owner of Banz Built Construction in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The firm was engaged by the Provincial Government of Palawan to construct several infrastructure projects funded by the Malampaya Fund in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Banzon allegedly deliberately underdeclared his gross receipts by P17.51 million or by over 6,000% in 2008; and failed to file his income tax returns (ITR) in 2009 and 2010, as well as his value-added tax (VAT) returns in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares said this is the second case in a series of cases filed against contractors funded by the Malampaya Fund.

At the same time, the BIR also filed tax evasion charges against the following:

  • Philip Delan Ben, who is engaged in wholesale and retail business in San Francisco Del Monte, Quezon City, for a total tax liability of P16.39 million for taxable year 2006;
  • Construction company Tie Con Builders, Inc., and its president, Felix Tienzo, for a total tax liability of P34.52 million for taxable year 2008.
  • German Espiritu Liner, Inc, and its president Cecilio German and Erlinda German, for failing to pay percentage tax resulting in a tax liability amounting to P4.20 million from 2010 to 2012. The bus company, based in Bocaue, Bulacan, was also charged for disclose they were in the transport business.
  • Teresa E. Sison, sole proprietress of T.S. Commerial, a firm engaged in the sale of oyster paste, fish sauce, and chicken extract, etc., for a total tax liability of P10.62 million for 2009 and 2010.

The complaints are the 222nd up to the 226th case filed by the BIR under the Aquino administration.