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BIR sues electrical contractor for failure to pay electronically

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By Jun Ramirez

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said taxpayers must pay taxes they themselves declared, or face tax fraud charges.

Revenue Deputy Commissioner for Operations Arnel Guballa issued the warning over the weekend after a number of delinquent individual and corporate taxpayers filed returns via the electronic Filing and Payment System (eFPS) but did not remit the corresponding taxes.

The latest case involved Robros, an electrical contractor of Burgundy Empire Tower of Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

In a criminal complaint submitted to the Department of Justice, the firm had allegedly filed various returns from 2013 to 2018 via the eFPS without paying taxes totaling P29 million.

Under eFPS regulations, payment shall be made within the day the return is filed electronically.

As a result, Quezon City Revenue Regional Director Marina De Guzman filed the criminal complaint against the company including its president Enrico Del Rosario, and treasurer Jasmin Del Rosario.

They were specifically accused of multiple counts of nonpayment of withholding tax on compensation, value-added and expanded withholding taxes.

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