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Evasion charges filed vs. 2

The Bureau of Internal Revenue has filed tax evasion cases against two taxpayers covered by BIR Revenue Region 12, Bacolod City while seven others were submitted to the office of the BIR Commissioner Kim Henares this year, RR12 director Pefector Aranas, said yesterday.

Aranas said the cases of two tax evaders whose names he withheld, are now with the Department of Justice and the seven others are now being evaluated by the BIR legal and enforcement group.

BIR deputy commissioner Nelson Aspe, who was in Bacolod City for its tax campaign kick-off ceremony at the Bacolod Pavilion Hotel also said that five tax evaders had been convicted and many other cases have been elevated to the criminal tax court.

Aspe said the conviction is a good result of the Run After Tax Evaders program. He recalled that this is their first time in 10 years that taxpayers have been found guilty of not paying correct taxes.

He also said these are all high profile cases with a total assessment of P50 to P60 billion in tax payment. If the BIR loses in the criminal case, the court still orders the defendant to pay monetary penalties, he added.

Aspe also lauded RR12 taxpayers for their compliance with their tax obligations. “I do not worry and I have no problems here in Bacolod City,” he added.

Aranas also appealed to all taxpayers to comply with BIR existing rules and regulations to avoid charges on tax evasion.

He also said he has ordered his revenue district officers to conduct surveillances on establishments that are non-compliant under the Oplan Kandado program.

Oplan Kandado is the closure of erring establishments that have failed to register as value-added taxpayers, failed to issue receipts, failed to pay VAT, and underdeclared theirs sales by more than 30 percent, Aranas added. *LTG

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