BIR files tax evasion raps vs. 127 companies, 214 corporate execs

By Benjamin Pulta and Anna Leah Gonzales

August 3, 2023, 3:54 pm

MANILA –  Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Romeo D. Lumagui Jr. on Thursday led the filing of tax evasion charges against 127 companies and 214 corporate officers before the Department of Justice in the latest offensive against businesses and corporations not paying their proper taxes.

Lumagui said these companies, which are engaged in manufacturing, retail, importations, and construction, have estimated tax liabilities amounting to PHP6.1 billion.

Besides tax liabilities, he said these also face civil liabilities and the corporate officers involved face the possibility of imprisonment.

He added that all of those charged underwent due process, and the companies were allowed to answer and present documents in connection with their tax liabilities.

This is the second nationwide filing of the BIR under its Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program.

The first batch of cases was filed last February with 74 tax evasion charges involving PHP3.58 billion.

“Ang panawagan natin sa lahat ng mga nagnenegosyo na kumpanya na siguraduhin natin nagbabayad tayo ng tamang buwis. At pangalawa rin iwasan natin at huwag na natin gamitin ang mga ghost receipts (We call on all business firms to ensure that they pay the right taxes. And secondly, to avoid using ghost receipts),” Lumagui said. (PNA)