BIR eyes more tax evasion cases for 2012

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) committed to file at least 25 more tax evasion cases this year and the Department of Justice (DOJ) pledged to act faster on the complaints of government’s top revenue agency.   Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares revealed that out of the 79 tax evasion cases her agency sent to the DOJ since she assumed office in July 2010, the DOJ has 63 still pending decisions involving tax complaints.   Of the 19 cases the DOJ has resolved, 16 decisions were in favor of the BIR while three were in favor of the respondents. The 79 cases involved tax claims totaling P31.84 billion.   Henares said the 2012 target of 26 tax evasion cases is the bureau’s minimum effort under its Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program and is a clear message to those who avoid paying taxes — by underdeclaring their income or other means — that the bureau will not relent in its campaign, she noted.   The BIR’s first tax evasion case this year was against the Basement Salon Corp., whose top executives are children of former Senator Freddie Webb.   Henares said the salon was placed under surveillance for several days and undercover agents were sent in as customers.   The BIR alleged that the salon did not issue receipts to all its customers — an act that is tantamount to underdeclaration of income for lesser tax liability. — ELR/VS, GMA News