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7 tax evaders charged

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has filed tax evasion charges against six Manila businessmen and a lot seller for allegedly ignoring a string of collection notices sent to them to settle delinquent accounts totaling to more than P640 million.

Manila Revenue Regional Director Arnel Guballa identified the respondents in separate complaints submitted before the Manila prosecutor’s office as Arturo Zapata and Jacob Valeriano, president and treasurer, respectively, of Cross Country and Petroleum of Juan Luna, Binondo; Dolores Galicia and Grace Sucksuphan, president and treasurer of Robiegie Corporation of Alvarez St., Sta. Cruz and Arnel Hibo and Marillu Castillo, president and treasurer of St. Augustine School of Nursing of Adelina St., Sampaloc.

The delinquent accounts covered income and value added taxes incurred in 2011 and prior years.
The biggest tax deficiency tax of P626 milion was slapped against Cross Country.

Likewise accused of tax cheating is Mark Dionson Batuigas of Doroteo Jose, Sta Cruz, for allegedly selling a piece of land in Sta. Cruz district without paying the required capital gains and documentary stamp taxes.

Guballa said all the accused had repeatedly refused to answer letters of authority to investigate and formal demand letters. (Jun Ramirez)