2 business owners, 2 firms in Manila sued for tax evasion

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed Thursday separate tax evasion complaints with the Department of Justice (DOJ) against two business owners and two private companies in the city of Manila.

Charged with violating Section 255 of the Tax Code were individual taxpayers Maria Cheryl Corpuz Lagat and Eduardo Socuaje Jr.

Lagat, a business owner, is being sued for her deficiency tax liability of P16.90 million in 2010.

The allegedly unpaid taxes are broken down into Income Tax (IT) at P12,201,035.87, and Value Added Tax (VAT) at P4,697,265.91.

Socuaje, who owns the Gold East Trading in Binondo, Manila, is facing charges for her tax liability of P27.92 million for the taxable year 2010.

The figures are inclusive of increments, broken down into IT — P3,205,497.04 and VAT P24,718,451.80.

The BIR also filed tax evasion complaints against two other companies based in Manila.

Hanwell Industrial Corporation Inc. and its officers Felix Chung Lopez (president) and Maribeth Lopez (treasurer); and Jin Hung Bijou Art Inc. and its president Anavette Guevarra were also sued for violating Section 255 in relation to Sections 253 (d) and 253 of the Tax Code.

Hanwell is being sued for its tax liability of P4.24 million, while Jin Hung is being sued for a tax deficiency of P9.50 million for 2011.

The BIR said all the companies were served corresponding Letter Notices, Letters of Authority, Final Notices Before Seizure and other documents but these were ignored by the respondents.

The respondents also failed to protest the BIR's assessment "thus making it final and executory." (SunStar Philippines)
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