November 25, 2017 | MANILA, PHILIPPINES

Tax evasion complaint filed vs. Richard Gutierrez, two others

THREE firms -- including a production company owned by actor Richard R. Gutierrez -- are facing tax evasion after the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Friday filed criminal complaints before the Department of Justice (DoJ).

Mr. Gutierrez and his company, R Gutz Production Corp. (R Gutz), were supposedly guilty of two counts of willful attempt to evade payments of income and value added taxes for 2012 as well as deliberate failure to file income tax returns from the second to the fourth quarter of the same year, the BIR said in a statement.

Total liabilities of Mr. Gutierrez’s company, inclusive of surcharges and interests, amount to P38.57 million, the BIR said.

R Gutz and Mr. Gutierrez’ case “stemmed from a matching process conducted by the BIR on the information provided by third party sources against the respondents’ declarations per VAT returns for taxable year 2012 that revealed an under-declaration of sales.”

The firm only declared sales of P311,111.08 from its P39,915,935.75 total sales in 2012 based on the summary list of purchases submitted by the respondent’s clients.

Respondents were notified of findings three times since September 2014, followed by another in January 20 and March 29 this year.

On the same day, the BIR filed a separate criminal complaints for tax evasion against Rising Giant Commercial Corporation, and its President Francisco Chiang, as well as RMCN Seafood & Steak, Inc. and its President Raymund Magdaluyo for incurring total tax liabilities of P7.05 million and P48.16 million, respectively.

These two companies ignored subsequent issuances Letters of Authority, Preliminary Collection Notices, Final Notices Before Seizure, and Demands Before Suit (DBS). It also failed to protest said assessments, hence making the assessments final, executory, and demandable.

The BIR has filed a total of 21 tax evasion cases since the Duterte administration took over last June. -- Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan