A SUPPLIER of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Unit (PDEA) has been accused of tax evasion before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has filed a criminal complaint against Ma. Cristina Ventura, sole proprietress of MBB Enterprises/BEMV Transport Service for willful attempt to evade or defeat tax, and deliberate failure to file income tax returns and pay tax in her value-added tax (VAT) returns.

Ventura's firms were contracted by the PNP and PDEA as supplier of office supplies and materials, food supplies, janitorial services and transportation from 2010 to 2013.

Ventura faces charges for an estimated aggregate deficiency tax liability amounting to P334.50 million, inclusive of surcharges and interests from years 2010 up to 2013.

The BIR had requested the PNP and PDEA for certification of income payment made to Ventura.

In response to the access letter, the PNP certified that Ventura received an amount of P102.77 million and P846.72 million income payments through MEBB Enterprise and BEMV Transport Service, respectively.

For its part, PDEA also released a certification stating that Ventura received income payments through MEBB Enterprise and BEMV Transportation Service amounting to P60.85 million and P38.74 million, respectively.

The investigation revealed that Ventura failed to declare her correct income tax by 4,617 percent or P258.40 million in 2010, by 4,750 percent or P312.90 million in 2011, by 3,778 percent or P282.85 million in 2012, and by 2,311 percent or P174.80 million in 2013. (Marie Shane Krizzia S. Delgado, UST intern/Sunnex)