BIR READIES CHARGES VS BIG-TIME 'TAX-CHEATS'

SAN PABLO CITY, NOVEMBER 3, 2003  (BULLETIN) By: Jun Ramirez - To meet P424-B target, taxmen go after large firms

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is set to file tax evasion charges against many business enterprises and individuals from all over the country that did not avail of the agency’s modified tax amnesty program, which ended last Friday.

This was learned yesterday from Southern Luzon revenue regional officials who met with senior revenue Commissioner Licerio Evangelista on the outcome of the last day of filing of the Voluntary Assessment and Abatement Program (VAAP) in the area.

Evangelista, who heads the prosecution task force of the bureau, could not say how many met the deadline in the filing of VAAP returns since all payments had been coursed through the banks.

He said, however, that the bureau already raised roughly R6 billion from the VAAR since it was launched by BIR Commissioner Guillermo Parayno, Jr. in September last year.

According to Evangelista, many corporate taxpayers readily settled their tax delinquencies when notified of their income and value-added tax deficiencies.

The deficiency taxes were uncovered through computer data by matching the purchases and sales of these taxpayers with information submitted by their suppliers and customers.

Evangelista said that despite the prima facie evidence, many delinquent taxpayers had chosen to ignore their collection notices and demand letters.

“They gave us no other recourse but to file criminal charges against them as we had already given them ample time to amend their old returns and pay the appropriate taxes,” he added.

It was not immediately known if VAAP will be extended anew, after two previous extensions. It also covered one-time transactions such as the capital gains tax, donor’s and estate taxes.

The program, Evangelista said, offered substantial tax discount and last priority in investigation.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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