CEBU – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will file charges against those found responsible for the proliferation of fake tax stamps on cigarette products in Cebu.
Last February 8, the BIR’s Region 13 office confiscated cigarettes bearing fake tax stamps at a mall in Mandaue City, Cebu.
Seized were 164 master boxes with 50 reams of cigarettes each, and 902 loose packs.
The cigarettes would have raised P2.5 million in excise taxes, but this was not actually paid to government, as indicated by the fake tax stamps.
According to BIR Region 13 Director Alfredo Misajon, he ordered a probe into the use of counterfeit tax stamps, which would establish if tobacco companies are also liable.
The BIR also said it is contemplating filing appropriate charges against the mall and its supplier.
Based on the Internal Revenue Code Section 265, which details offenses relating to tax stamps:
“Any person who commits any of the acts like possessing false, counterfeit, restored or altered stamps, labels or tags or selling or offering for sale any box or package containing articles subjects to excise tax with false, spurious or counterfeit stamps or labels or selling from such fraudulent box or package will be penalized with P20,000 to P50,000 and shall face imprisonment of not less than 4 years to 8 years.”