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DOJ, DOF AND BUREAUS TIGHTEN WATCH ON PENDING CASES
January 6, 2011

http://www.dof.gov.ph/pressroom.asp?sec=news&id=353

“I have instructed our prosecutors handling the Run After The Smugglers (RATS) and Run After the Tax Evaders (RATES) cases filed starting July last year, especially those pending for resolution to already resolve them,” said Justice Secretary Leila de Lima during a press conference earlier today. The secretary, who has consistently backed the anti-smuggling and tax evasion campaign of Customs and BIR, has set a deadline and will be ready to give sanctions to prosecutors who will fail to meet this directive.

“The deadline is set on January 15 for cases filed since July of last year. Respective handling prosecutors of six recent RATS cases and two RATE cases have already been given directives to ensure the resolution of these cases before the month ends. We also currently have 12 old cases from years 2005-2006 pending for resolution that we will be prioritizing,” Secretary de Lima added, referring to long-pending cases ready for resolution.

She added: “Should the prosecutors miss their deadlines, we have an internal policy to defer payments of their allowances and benefits until such time the cases are completely resolved. This is, of course, just an initial course of action to show our commitment to the Department of Finance in its efforts to curb smuggling and tax evasion that incurs huge revenue losses for the government.“

Since July, the Bureau of Customs and the BIR have been under new management and have proactively revived the RATS and RATES program, filing cases every week on alternate basis against smugglers and tax evaders. There are 46 pending cases to date at the Department of Justice.

“We want to thank Justice Secretary Leila de Lima for fully supporting this campaign. The teamwork between the departments and within the cabinet has been excellent. We try to help each other as much as we can. Naniniwala kami na maitutuwid po natin itong landas ng ating bayan,” said Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima who was also present during the press conference.
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Re: Run After The Smugglers (RATS) / Run After the Tax Evaders (RATES)
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2012, 01:16:55 AM »
BIR bags 2 more convictions against tax evaders
MANILA - The Bureau of Internal Revenue has secured two more convictions for tax evasion following its landmark case against Forever Living dealer Gloria Kintanar.
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In a decision, the third division of the Court of Tax Appeals found Jadewell Parking Systems Corp. and its president and general manager Rogelio Tan guilty on two counts of violation of Section 255 of the Tax Code for non-issuance of receipts.

Tan was sentenced to two to four years in prison and fined P100,000, while Jadewell was fined P100,000.
Read More: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/36437/bir-bags-2-more-convictions-against-tax-evaders
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Re: Run After The Smugglers (RATS) / Run After the Tax Evaders (RATES)
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2012, 10:51:19 PM »
BIR files tax evasion raps vs businessman linked to PNP chopper scam
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BIR Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares said Hilario B. De Vera, sole proprietor of Manila Aerospace Products Trading, was charged for willful attempt to evade or defeat tax, and for deliberate failure to supply correct and accurate information in his Income Tax Return and Value Added Tax for taxable year 2009, in violation of Sections 254 and 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 as amended (Tax Code).

Based on the BIR’s investigation, Henares said De Vera received payments totaling P20.56 million in 2009 from ABS-CBN (P17.07 million), Ayala Aviation Corporation (P65,296.61), Crystal Sugar (P240,000.00), KMC Realty Corporation (P300,000.00), SM Land, Inc. (P540,000.00), Star Borne Chartering Corp. (P1.12 million), Fieldtech Asia, Inc. (P1.19 million), and South East Asia Airlines, Inc. (P45,357.14).

But Henares said De Vera under-declared his sales by more than 30 percent, which, under the Tax Code, constitutes prima facie evidence of fraud tantamount to tax evasion.

Henares said De Vera was sued for a total deficiency tax liability of P9.83 million, inclusive of surcharges and interests, broken down into Income Tax of P7.02 million and VAT of P2.81 million.
Read More: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/36591/bir-files-tax-evasion-raps-vs-businessman-linked-to-pnp-chopper-scam
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Re: Run After The Smugglers (RATS) / Run After the Tax Evaders (RATES)
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2012, 01:52:28 AM »
For BIR, 2 things certain in life: death and taxes (in that order)
MANILA – “The only things certain in life are death and taxes,” Benjamin Franklin once said. And as far as the Bureau of Internal Revenue is concerned, taxes should follow death.

According to Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares, the bureau will ramp up collection of estate taxes by imposing surcharges and interest on unpaid obligations to the state six months from death.

She said this initiative is aimed at compelling estate administrators and executors to pay on time.
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"Annually, we are only collecting slightly over a billion pesos or even less from estate tax, notwithstanding the substantial number of people dying every year," Jacinto-Henares said.
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"Under the Tax Code, estate tax accrues notwithstanding the non-registration or transfer of title to the heirs or other recipients. Meaning, the liability to pay the estate tax is entirely separate and distinct from the transfer of title or registration of property," she said.
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"Estate tax is like a metered taxi. It accrues from the moment of death, and if it remains unpaid after six months, then surcharges depending on the culpability as well as interest of up to 20 percent will likewise accrue,” Jacinto-Henares said.

"Thus, the estate's executor or administrator should pay within the period. Otherwise, nothing might be left in the estate for the heirs," she said.
Read More: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/37544/for-bir-2-things-certain-in-life-death-and-taxes-in-that-order
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Re: Run After The Smugglers (RATS) / Run After the Tax Evaders (RATES)
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2013, 11:08:05 PM »
Chinese resto, food equipment supplier face tax evasion charges
www.interaksyon.com

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MANILA - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday filed separate tax evasion charges against a Chinese restaurant and a supplier of stainless steel food service equipment.

In a statement, the BIR said it sued officers of Gomeco Metal Corp, namely its president George L. Kaw, treasurer Evangeline L. Kaw and general manager Jonathan T. Kaw for P32.37 million in unpaid taxes.

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BIR eyes 16.4 pct growth in 2013 collections from individual income tax
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MANILA - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is aiming to raise 16.4 percent more from individual income taxes this year, or more than double the government's economic growth target for 2013.

In a statement, the BIR, which accounts for two-thirds of government revenues, said it has set a P258.14 billion collection goal this year, up from last year's P221.77 billion target.

Individual income taxes account for more than a fifth of the bureau's total collection, with the bulk coming from salaried individuals whose taxes are automatically withheld by employers. The rest is collected from professionals, such as doctors and self-employed businessmen.
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Re: Run After The Smugglers (RATS) / Run After the Tax Evaders (RATES)
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2013, 04:58:11 AM »
Purisima to Tax Evaders: No More Cheating On Out-of-Pocket Expenses
www.dof.gov.ph
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In line with the Department of Finance’s (DOF) drive to improve compliance among taxpayers, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has issued Revenue Memorandum Circular (RMC) No. 89-2012 (dated December 28, 2012) and RMC No. 16-2013 (dated February 15, 2013), which provide guidelines on the tax implications of deposits/advances and the recording of out-of-pocket expenses.
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“Businesses, professionals, and the self-employed have historically been poor taxpayers because many of them deduct expenses and record income illegitimately. With these RMCs we want to make it very clear that we will not let them use out-of-pocket expenses as a way to cheat on their taxes,” Purisima said.

RMC No. 89-2012 provides directives for the treatment of deposits/advances made to General Professional Partnerships (GPPs), while RMC 16-2013 outlines policies on deposits/advances and expense deductions for all other taxpayers.
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Re: Run After The Smugglers (RATS) / Run After the Tax Evaders (RATES)
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2013, 04:30:11 PM »
P116M in hot stuff
By Elias O. Baquero
Thursday, March 7, 2013

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Cebu yesterday seized smuggled rice, sugar, guns, a motorcycle, bags and fashion accessories in the cities of Cebu and Lapu-Lapu.

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After the inspection of the seized firearms, Biazon, Lim, Tuazon and dela Cuesta proceeded to Shang Building in Pusok, Lapu-Lapu city and raided AHA Real Value Fashion Collection.

An estimated P100 million worth of fake high-end bags were found, they said.

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2013/03/07/p116m-hot-stuff-271650

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Re: Run After The Smugglers (RATS) / Run After the Tax Evaders (RATES)
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2013, 04:31:45 PM »
10 Honda Fit cars seized, found to be ‘smuggled’
By Gerome M. Dalipe
Friday, March 8, 2013

AGENTS of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 seized 10 Honda Fit cars from a car shop in Barangay Basak, Mandaue City.

The vehicles are believed to be smuggled.

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/local-news/2013/03/08/10-honda-fit-cars-seized-found-be-smuggled-271863

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Re: Run After The Smugglers (RATS) / Run After the Tax Evaders (RATES)
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2013, 10:46:38 AM »
Professionals soon need to show ITR when renewing license
www.abs-cbnnews.com
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The move comes as the government steps up its efforts to curb tax evasion, which Purisima says is rampant among the self-employed and professionals.

"Just this morning, I was talking with (Labor Secretary) Linda Baldoz, the PRC reports to her. Based on their records, there are over 2 million professionals practicing their profession. In the BIR, only 400,000 filed their ITR as self-employed...  We just had an agreement with Secretary Baldoz, as part of the requirements now for the renewal of license, you have to present your ITR," he said in an interview on Mornings@ANC on Monday.

All professionals, except lawyers, are required to secure their professional license from the PRC.

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Re: Run After The Smugglers (RATS) / Run After the Tax Evaders (RATES)
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2013, 12:25:02 AM »
BIR files tax raps vs realty company, tax examiners
www.abs-cbnnews.com
by Ina Reformina
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In a statement, the BIR said it filed a criminal complaint with the Department of Justice against PhilMay Property Inc., its president Ong Seet-Joon; treasurer Rafael Morales; legal department head and corporate secretary Jonathan Ong; sales and marketing head Benjamin Lira; and remedial accounting associate Michelle Reyes.

They face charges of evading income tax, value-added tax, documentary stamp tax and expanded withholding tax, violating Section 254 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, and for deliberate failure to file DST Return and willful failure to supply correct and accurate information in its IT Return and VAT Return in violation of Section 255 of the Tax Code, all for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009.
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« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2013, 09:35:56 PM »
How to stop corruption in the Bureau of Customs
abs-cbnnews.com
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"I don't think it's difficult to change Customs if you have the correct mechanism. They say that if you have the right structure, things would follow," Ernesto Ordoñez, chairman of non-governmental organization Alyansa Agrikultura, told ANC's Business Nightly.

The former undersecretary of the departments of Agriculture and Trade and Industry noted the BOC used to report to a task force that oversees the bureau's actions.
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At the same time, Ordoñez said the BOC should coordinate with other government agencies and the private sector in its fight against smuggling.

"They need the private sector to identify the routes [taken by smugglers]," he said.

"The commissioner also needs help from other departments like Agriculture and Trade and Industry because right now, I think that he's all alone," he continued.
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« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2013, 10:32:40 AM »
BIR to require professionals to post their rates
9/03/2013
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Henares noted the BIR has been receiving complaints that some doctors charge additional fees whenever a patient asks for a receipt.

"Withholding tax and value-added tax (VAT) should be incorporated in the professional fee. These taxes are not on top of it,”she said.

The BIR is expected to come up with a new revenue memorandum "very soon," Henares said.

While the agency has been criticized for being "too strict" on professionals, Henares said the BIR is also getting tough on politicians and rich individuals.

source: www.abs-cbnnews.com
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« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2013, 09:01:12 AM »
BIR says Pacquiao was given 2 years to submit tax documents
November 26 (interaksyon.com)
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This was the explanation made by BIR Commissioner Kim Henares hours after Pacquiao, representative of the lone district of Sarangani, on Tuesday accused the government of singling him out and treating thieves better.

Meanwhile, the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) clarified on Tuesday that it did not issue any freeze order on Pacquiao’s bank accounts. While the accounts have in effect been frozen, it was the result of BIR's actions, not the court's.

CTA clerk of court Margaret Guzman said that the boxing champ filed a civil case with the court last August precisely to challenge the BIR's P2.2-billion tax assessment against him and his wife Jinky.
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Re: Run After The Smugglers (RATS) / Run After the Tax Evaders (RATES)
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2013, 11:18:29 PM »
Supposedly, the basis was Pacquiao's PPV earnings last 2009. But he earned it in the US, and yet he's still taxable in the Philippines? There's no way he can earn that much here to owe that much tax.

Freeze the account then prove your innocence?

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Re: Run After The Smugglers (RATS) / Run After the Tax Evaders (RATES)
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2013, 12:30:28 AM »
Supposedly, the basis was Pacquiao's PPV earnings last 2009. But he earned it in the US, and yet he's still taxable in the Philippines? There's no way he can earn that much here to owe that much tax.

Freeze the account then prove your innocence?

Uh, no. Do you even read the news article linked by ayoshi?