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Taxman files charges against 6 QC businesses

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by Allan Yves Briones

Six businesses in Quezon City are facing criminal charges for violations of the tax code.

“The respondents’ failure and continued refusal to file or pay their long overdue deficiency taxes, despite repeated demands, constitute willful failure to file or pay the taxes due to the government,” BIR said in a statement released Thursday.

According to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), six separate criminal complaints have been filed with the Department of Justice for failure to pay P109 million in taxes from 2010 to 2012.

Indicted are the following corporation for violating Section 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997:

  • W2 Electro Mechanical Systems and General Contractor, Inc. (W2)
  • MH Poly-Electromechs, Inc. (MHPI)
  • SND99 Food Corporation (SFC)
  • Aenschem Technologies, Inc. (ATI)

Charged alongside the four are its corporate officers including W2 President Wilfredo Lucas, MHPI Managing Director Arnel Victorio and Treasurer Edgar Victorio, SFC President Danilo Vitan, Jr. and ATI President Mary Geronimo, with a total tax liability of P92.19 million.

Also fending off tax evasion charges are Adelia Ramenda and Ma. Cecila Galang, proprietors of Future Link Research Services and Altis Construction, respectively, who owes the BIR P17.14 million out of the total liability.

“BIR Quezon City records of investigation showed that the abovementioned respondents were served the (formal requests) but failed to either pay or protest and submit relevant supporting documents,” BIR said, noting that the accused’ failure to do so renders the assessments “final, executory and demandable.”

Section 255 mandates taxpayers to file returns, supply correct and accurate information, and pay taxes towards the nation’s largest tax-collection agency.

The charges were filed under BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay’s Run After Tax Evaders Program, led on the ground by Revenue Region No. 7A, Quezon City Regional Director Albino Galanza.