Asian Hospital doctors charged with tax evasion

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 27 2011 05:42 PM | Updated as of Jan 28 2011 05:50 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Tax evasion charges were filed at the Department of Justice today (Jan. 27) by the Bureau of Internal Revenue against a couple who are both physicians at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center (AHMC) for "unlawful acts clearly and patently manifesting their propensity" to evade payment of taxes.

The BIR said the total estimated tax deficiency of respondents - Doctors Vicente Gana Castillo and Ma. Teresa Chan Castillo - amounts to P4.184 million.

The Castillo spouses were charged for failing to file their 2009 Income Tax Returns (ITR), and for "deliberately making it appear that they have filed their ITR [Income Tax Returns]" when records bare none was filed.

Dr. Teresa was also charged for "knowingly failing to supply correct and accurate information in her 2009 quarterly VAT [Valued-Added Tax] returns."

An investigation by the BIR showed Dr. Teresa reportedly received income payments amounting to P7.4 million as indicated in BIR form 1604-E alphalists submitted to the BIR by income payors/withholding agents and later corroborated by a certification from the Asian Hospital.

Served with a letter of authority by the BIR, Dr. Teresa allegedly submitted an ITR filed with the BIR.

However, it was found that this was a dubious ITR

BIR Commissioner Kim Henares said authentic BIR ITRs possess security features for validation purposes.

Henares told reporters during the regular DOJ media briefing that the receiving stamp of the BIR in the ITR submitted by Dr. Teresa reportedly did not bear the complete name of the receiving personnel.

A certification obtained from the BIR revenue district officers also showed the couple did not file any ITR for 2009.

The estimated aggregate deficiency income tax liability of Dr. Teresa was computed at P2.4 million, inclusive of surcharges and interests.

Dr. Vicente, meantime, has a reported total deficiency income tax amounting to P470,097.

Dr. Teresa was also asked to pay additional P1.2 million VAT, inclusive of surcharges and interests.

The case against the couple is the 25th under the revitalized Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program of the BIR under the Aquino administration.