Manila, Philippines – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) charged yesterday a big-time wholesaler of fruits and vegetables with tax evasion for allegedly cheating the government of P46 million in income tax.
BIR Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto Henares identified the respondent in a complaint submitted before the Department of Justice (DoJ) as Alvin Esguerra, owner of Fruiveg Marketing of Barangay Cut-Cut, Angeles City.
His accountant, Celia MirasolGueco, was also included in the complaint for allegedly certifiying and signing the alleged false financial statements for the years 2010 and 2011.
Records showed that Esguerra declared total earnings of P812,456 in 2010 and P76 million in 2011.
But a check with the records of his main clients Puregold Price Club and Puregold Jr. Supermarket showed total sales of P43.9 million and P20.9 million, respectively for 2010.
For 2011, Esguerra delivered the same agricultural products worth P97 million to Puregold and its other outlets, including Puregold Duty Free in Angeles City.
Under the Tax Code, underdeclaration of sales by more than 30 percent constitutes prima facie evidence of fraud tantamount to tax evasion. (Jun Ramirez)
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