BIR sues Makati IT company for P156M

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by Allan Yves Briones

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has filed a criminal complaint with the Department of Justice against Makati-based System Encoding Corporation (SENCOR) Thursday for refusing to pay their taxes.

“As a consequence of its acts and omissions, Respondent SENCOR, together with its responsible corporate officers, was liable to pay an estimated deficiency tax liability in the total amount of P156 Million,” BIR announced in a statement.

Charged with 186 counts of tax violations are SENCOR President Michael Martel, Treasurer Josephine Chen and several other corporate officers including Jose Martel, George Martel, Olga Martel, Katrina Martel and Tessielin Alvarez.

According to the BIR, the aforementioned attempted to avoid payment of their company’s expanded withholding taxes, withholding taxes on compensation, and fringe benefits taxes for the period of September 2014 to December 2018.

Their failure to do so allegedly constitutes a violation of Sections 254 and 255 in relation to Sections 253(d) and 256 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997, to the tune of P156 million in combined liabilities.

“The fraudulent acts of Respondent SENCOR in filing eFPS returns without the corresponding payments thereof covering the said period constitutes prima facie evidence of tax evasion that is criminally punishable under the Tax Code,” BIR said.

SENCOR was charged under BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay’s Run After Tax Evaders program, led on the ground by Regional Director Maridur Rosario.