THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed separate criminal complaints before the Department of Justice (DoJ) against six taxpayers for alleged failure to pay dues with a total worth of P161.8 million. In a press release, BIR Laguna-Quezon-Marinduque filed the complaints against four corporations and an individual while BIR Davao City recommended the filing of charges against one corporation. The four companies in Laguna are Transtech Shuttle Services, Inc., Shuttle Club Philippines, Corp., Matten Technologies, and Penta Technological Product, Inc., while the individual retailer is Swee Kim Tan Go of Liana’s Trading. The bureau said they were all served with required letters and notices for tax assessment and collection, but failed to pay or protest the said assessments, making them final and executory. In Davao City, the BIR also filed a complaint against DTI Overland Transport Corp. and its officers for unpaid tax liabilities of P62 million. The BIR said the corporation protested the assessment, but the BIR regional office denied this for late filing. The tax agency said DTI Overland failed to file the written protest to the BIR Commissioner within 30 days, which makes the assessments final. The BIR in Davao also stated that it conducted collection and enforcement strategies, but the taxes remained unpaid. “DTI Overland’s obstinate failure and refusal to pay its long overdue deficiency taxes for taxable year 2009, despite repeated notices and demands, constitutes willful failure to pay the taxes due to the government.” — Vann Marlo M. Villegas