2 PAGCOR contractors face tax evasion raps

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 13 2012 03:42 PM | Updated as of Sep 14 2012 01:15 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed tax evasion charges on Thursday against 2 contractors of the Philippine Amusement Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) and a practicing physician before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Maila Baluyot Laxamana, sole proprietress of Fracojan Catering Services of Angeles City, Pampanga, was charged for a total income tax liability amounting to P6.84 million for "willful attempt to evade or defeat tax" for taxable years 2010 and 2011.

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares said Laxamana received income payments from PAGCOR-Angeles City amounting to P4.08 million in 2010 and P11.58 million in 2011 but failed to file any tax returns for 2010 and declared only gross sales of P7.53 million in 2011.

Yolanda Macabulos, sole proprietress of Luring's Barbecue House Franchise, also of Angeles City, Pampanga, was charged for an aggregate income tax liability of P45.31 million, covering alleged deficiency income tax of P32.17 million for 2009-2011, and deficiency value-added tax (VAT) of P13.14 million for the last 3 quarters of 2009, and 2010-2011.

Macabulos allegedly received income payments from PAGCOR-Angeles City amounting to P13.51 million in 2009, P24.53 million in 2010 and P20.01 million in 2011 but deliberately failed to declared her correct tax base by underdeclaring her income by P13.51 million or 363% in 2009, P24.53 million or 118% in 2010, and P18.78 million or 114% in 2011.

Charges, meantime, were filed against Dr. Noel Lacsamana for a total income tax liability of P7.08 million covering alleged deficiency income tax of P3.28 million in 2007 and 2008, and deficiency VAT of P3.80 million from 2007 to 2011.

Lacsamana allegedly failed to declare payments he received from the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) amounting to P2.11 million in 2007, P2.57 million in 2008, P3.20 million in 2009, P2.54 million in 2010, and P5.48 million in 2011.

The cases against the 3 are the 125th to 127th filed by the BIR under its Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program under the Aquino administration