THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) offices in the cities of Caloocan and Legazpi filed 12 complaints before the Department of Justice against taxpayers for willful failure to pay taxes amounting to a total of more than P776 million.

In a press release, BIR-Caloocan City said it filed 10 complaints against seven corporations and three individuals for failure to pay taxes amounting to P755 million for the years 2011 to 2015, while BIR-Legazpi City filed cases against two individual taxpayers for deficiencies of more than P21 million for 2010.

The BIR said records from its offices showed that the taxpayers were served with necessary documents for tax assessments such as Letter of Authority, Preliminary Assessment Notice and Final Decision on Disputed Assessments, among others, “but failed to pay and submit relevant supporting documents to either substantiate their claims or to refute said assessments, hence making the said assessments final, executory, and demandable.”

“The…respondents’ failure and continued refusal to pay their long overdue deficiency taxes, despite repeated demands, constitute wilful failure to pay the taxes due to the government,” BIR said.

The seven corporations in Caloocan City are Taoyuan Textile Manufacturing Corp., Primekit MFG. Corp., Spinmaster Textile Manufacturing Corp., Bicol Apparel Corp., Nature’s Best Agri Foods Corp., Amhran Trading Corp., and Innovative Technology & Environmental Solution.

The three individuals are Manuel T. Espiritu, Armando David Lagamson, and Ma. Reztiliza N. Sosa.

The two charged by the BIR in Legazpi were Amador V. Abichuela, proprietor of Amador V. Abichuela Enterprise, and Reuben L. Salopaso, owner of DNK Construction & Supply.

The cases filed are the 438th to 449th complaints filed under the BIR’s Run After Tax Evaders program. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas