BIR files tax evasion case vs Rappler

FILE IMAGE: Rappler’s Maria Ressa

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has filed a tax evasion complaint against the online news site Rappler.

The BIR said Rappler failed to pay taxes worth P133-million in 2015 including income and value added tax.

The agency is running after the Rappler’s president and CEO, Maria Ressa and its treasurer, James Bitanga.

Also included in the complaint is certified public accountant Noel Baladiang for signing and certifying the financial statements of Rappler even when, according to BIR, the online news site clearly failed to declare its real income.

Meanwhile, Malacañang described the million-peso tax evasion case against Rappler Holdings Corporation as a mere law enforcement.

“It’s just implementation of the law. If there is really tax evasion, violators should be held liable. If I were the one who received the 1.5 million dollars, I should have paid taxes,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. — UNTV News & Rescue

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