BIR files 4 tax evasion raps

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 21 2017 08:19 PM

MANILA- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) tax evasion complaints against several firms and individuals on Thursday, including a P15.71-million case against the Our Lady of Lourdes International Medical Center Inc in Olongapo City.

The BIR said the hospital electronically filed its tax returns but did not make the corresponding payments for November to December 2015, January to December 2016, and January to April and June 2017.

Charged was the hospital's president Dr. Noel Jusay Lacsamana.

A separate complaint was filed against a Pampanga contractor caught in possession of cigarette products bearing fake tax stamps amounting to P12.45 million.

Jeric Ursua Maninang, proprietor of J.U.M. Construction in San Fernando, Pampanga, was charged in connection with the discovery of 82 master cases and 49 reams of assorted cigarettes under the brand names Marlboro, Philip Morris, Fortune Tobacco, Mighty and Jackpot, which lacked valid tax stamps.

The BIR also accused Maninang of failing to declare his business with the bureau. 

Cavity-based CQS Stainless Corp also faces a tax case for failure to pay taxes from July 2016 to September 2017 amounting to P3.9 million.

Also charged in the complaint are CQS presidents Teodulo Tayag, Jr. and Albert Lin, chief finance officer Ivy Chung, and corporate secretary Lenida David Condol.

The last complaint was filed against Edward Sy, Stephanie Ellen Nubla Sy, Mark Jonathan Nubla Sy, Karla Angela Sy and Tracey Nubla Sy, estate administrators of one Vivian Nubla Sy, for alleged failed tax payments amounting to P40.53 million.

Vivian Sy died on December 19, 2007 and left behind several properties, including a condominium unit in Twin Towers Ayala Avenue, Makati valued at P24 million, and shares of stocks with the Philippine Bank of Communications (PBCom) amounting to P52.52 million. 

The BIR alleged a disclosure letter issued by PBCom on October 14, 2011 listed Vivian Sy in the Top 100 Common Stockholders, but a disclosure letter dated April 14, 2012 no longer included her on the said list. The complaint further stated that she no longer owned common shares of stocks in the bank. 

Due to the disappearance of the subject stocks, the BIR requested a copy of the Deed of Contract on their sale or transfer, but were not furnished the said duplicate.

It was later found that Vivian Sy's heirs did not file a notice of death or estate tax return for 2007.

The complaints are the 110th up to the 113th filed by the bureau under its Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program.