THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has slapped P38.57 million tax evasion cases against actor Richard Gutierrez and his production company, R Gutz Production Corp. (R Gutz), with the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Gutierrez and R Gutz were sued for their willful attempt to evade the payment of income tax and value added tax in 2012; and for deliberate failure to pay income tax return and quarterly VAT returns in same year.
The case against Gutierrez stemmed from the matching process conducted by the BIR on the information provided by an unidentified individual regarding Gutierrez' underdeclaration of sales amounting to 36.6 million.
The summary list submitted by Gutierrez' client disclosed sales amounting to P39.9 million, while the sales declared by the respondents per tax returns filed was P311,111.08.
In reply to BIR's request to GMA network to validate the information, the television network informed the tax agency that its purchases to the R Gutz amounted to P624,052.29 and P39.3 million.
Investigators also discovered that Gutierrez failed to file the company's annual income tax return for 2012 as well as its second, third and fourth quarterly VAT returns for the same year.
The BIR claimed that they reached out to the actor on their findings in 2013 but they haven't received a response from Gutierrez.
Sun.Star tried to reach Gutierrez's camp but they are yet to respond to messages.
Gutierrez, 33, is the son of actor Eddie Gutierrez and Annabelle Rama, and the brother of television host/actress Ruffa Gutierrez.
He started young in the entertainment business and went on to headline a number of shows in GMA-7.
The actor's most prominent works were "Captain Barbell," "Sugo," "Mulawin," and his hosting stints in reality shows "Survivor Philippines" and "Pinoy Adventures".
The case against the actor is the 21st tax evasion case filed with the DOJ under the leadership of Commissioner Caesar Dulay. (With Glaiza Jarloc/SunStar Philippines)