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BIR intensifies drive vs tax fraud

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By Jun Ramirez

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has instructed regional and district officials nationwide to intensify the campaign against taxpayers who file tax returns regularly without paying the corresponding taxes.

BIR logo and building (Manila Bulletin file photo)

BIR
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Revenue Deputy Commissioner for Operations Arnel Guballa issued the order after noting the increasing number of taxpayers filing returns via the Electronic Filing and Payment System (eFPS) without remitting the tax due.

Records showed a number of delinquent taxpayers based in Batangas and Cavite were charged with tax evasion either at the Department of Justice, or the provincial prosecutor’s offices for ignoring reminders to settle the outstanding accounts

The revenue official said the malpractice is not only confined to the provinces but also involves some taxpayers under the large taxpayers’ service (LTS) based in the national office.

Last week, three firms in Cavite were charged with non-payment of taxes, after filing tax returns.

Guballa said the top officers of the two firms were also included in the complaint.

Earlier two other businesswomen from Batangas were also charged for the same offense.

“Respondents were investigated for their failure to pay taxes after filing their corresponding tax returns through the eFPS to determine whether or not said failure of the respondents is willful in nature,” he said.

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