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BIR slaps tax evasion cases vs. Olongapo hospital, Pampanga contractor

Dec 21, 2017 @ 11:26

An Olongapo City hospital and a Pampanga contractor received tax evasion complaints from the Bureau of Internal Review on Thursday.

Our Lady of Lourdes International Medical Center Inc. and its president, Dr. Noel Jusay Lacsamana, and Jeric Maninang of J.U.M. Construction based in San Fernando City, Pampanga are facing charges before the Department of Justice for violations of Republic Act No. 8424 or the National Internal Revenue Code.

A routine check by the BIR revealed that the hospital has a tax liability of P15.709 million, covering the period November 2015 to June 2017.

“Routine verification from the Revenue Data Center revealed that Lourdes Medical is in the list of those who electronically filed their tax returns without the corresponding payment. Despite various notifications, the respondent hospital still failed to settle its outstanding account and to remit taxes due to the BIR,” the agency said, according to news reports.

This tax liability includes withholding taxes from hospital employees, mostly from professional fees of its doctors.

The Pampanga contractor, meanwhile, was caught in possession of cigarettes with fake tax.

Maninang’s unpaid excise tax reached P12.447 million from the total of 82 master cases and 49 reams of assorted cigarette products recovered from an impounded truck in Bacolor Municipal Police Station. Maninang introduced himself as the owner of the truck.

“The stamps are fake since they did not contain one of the multi-layered security features of a valid internal revenue stamp. Official delivery receipts/invoices are required to ensure and confirm that the proper taxes are paid before articles subject to excise tax are removed from the production plant,” the BIR said.

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