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Thursday, August 22, 2019

BIR files 3 criminal cases vs tax evaders

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region 4 (RR4) filed criminal complaints the other day with the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Tarlac against Charoen Pokphand Foods Philippines Corporation (Charoen) and its president, Udomsak Aksornphakdee and Roberto Hara operating the trade name ROH Trading for unlawful pursuit of business and violations pertaining to receipts and invoices.

Charoen is a stock company duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission engaged in agri-business and the production and sales of food products. Its principal office is located at Unit 1C-1D LSC Building, Lazatin Boulevard, Dolores Homsite in the City of San Fernando. Charoen's head office is registered under Revenue District Office No. 21B South Pampanga.

Meanwhile, Robert Hara is a single proprietor engaged in the sale of cement and other hardware materials, with registered address at Mabini, Moncada, Tarlac. He is operating under the trade name ROH Trading and is also the name of HARAROMA Corporation as he is a major stockholder of the said entity.

The criminal complaints stemmed from the Tax Compliance Verification Drive/Tax Mapping activities of the Revenue District Office of No17B Paniqui Tarlac on various days of March this year.

Charoen has been found to have violated Section 258 of the Tax Code by carrying out poultry business in Calayaan, Gerona in Tarlac since 2012, without prior registration with BIR RDO 17B Paniqui Tarlac and payment of the required registration fee, the BIR said.

Inspection also disclosed that the poultry business has been issuing invoices using the charge invoice of its branch in Malabon-Kaingin, Jaen, Nueva Ecija in violation of Section 264 of the same code. Another business of Charoen located in Rizal, Moncada, Tarlac, a warehouse of raw materials for the production of animal feeds, has also been inspected and apprehended for the same violations, according to the BIR.

Robert Hara was likewise charged for the same violations. Investigations revealed that Hara started his business in Mabini, Moncada, Tarlac in 2015 without prior registration of the said business. Hara has been allegedly issuing sales invoices registered under the name of Hararoma Corporation.

The criminal complaints are the first three cases to be filed by the BIR RR4 under Regional Director Jethro Sabariaga under the local RATE Program of the BIR for 2017. BIR RR4 has already filed a total of six RATE cases.

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