Agri-food products company faces P323-M tax evasion rap


Posted at Jul 31 2014 01:09 PM | Updated as of Jul 31 2014 09:09 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Several companies and individuals are facing criminal complaints before the Department of Justice for failing to pay the correct taxes.

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed a criminal complaint against The Golden Food Choice Trading and Industries Inc., and its president Antonio A. Santos and treasurer Victor M. Lagadia for attempting to evade payment of income tax and value-added tax and for failing to file income tax and VAT returns in 2011.

Golden Food, which has an office at Renaissance Condominium, Meralco Avenue in Pasig City, is primarily engaged in the buying and selling of agricultural food products.

Golden Food was found to have failed to declare P389.52 million in sales in 2011. The BIR assessed the company's tax liability for 2011 at P323.20 million.

At the same time, the BIR filed a criminal complaint against a Fairview-based engineering and architectural consultant Rodelo L. Pabalate for attempting to evade taxes in 2010 and 2011, as well as failing to supply correct information on his ITR and VAT returns. His accountant Carmelo M. Ilagan was also charged.

Pabalate is the owner of Paravisible Construction and Paravisible Trees Designed Manufacturing, which is involved in architectural, engineering and technical consultancy.

The BIR investigation showed Pabalate received income payments of P128.2 million in 2010 and P203.07 million in 2011 from business entities such as Eton Properties Phils. Inc., Eton City Inc., SM Development Corp., SM Investments Corp., and SM Prime Holdings Inc., among others. However, he only declared gross income of P28.2 million in 2010 and P37.96 million in 2011.

Pabalate now faces a an aggregate tax liability amounting to P180.26 million.

Meanwhile, two delinquent taxpayers are also in hot water for tax evasion.

Alexander Delmo, who owns Allen Goal Steel Fabrication in Quezon City, was sued for deficiency tax liabilities of P130.78 million in 2003.

Royal Regency Sales Corp. and its president Bee An Angelico and treasurer Regina T. Angelico were also charged for failing to pay correct taxes in 2008.

Royal Regency, based in Quezon City, is engaged in retail of specialized store food, beverages and tobacco. It was assessed deficiency tax liabilities of P5.44 million in 2008.