BIR files Php312.14-M tax evasion rap vs. importer

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) a Php312.14-million tax evasion case against a Tacloban City-based importer.

Charged was Lymwel Requiro Villegas, sole proprietor of Conwell Express Marketing, which is engaged in the business of importing motor vehicles, motor parts and other miscellaneous items.

In the complaint, the BIR charged Villegas for willful attempt to evade or defeat tax and deliberate failure to file his Income Tax Returns (ITRs) for the years 2012 and 2013, all in violation of Sections 254 and 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) of 1997.

Applying the expenditure method of investigation, the BIR established that the undeclared income of Villegas was Php58.78 million in 2012 and Php476.94 million in 2013.

According to BIR Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares, as a result of his acts and omissions, Villegas was assessed an estimated total income tax liability amounting to Php312.14 million, inclusive of surcharges and interest.