Gold trader at 3 negosyante, kinasuhan ng tax evasion ng BIR

admin   •   November 7, 2014   •   2649

GRAPHICS: Ang halaga ng kabuuang gintong naibenta ng kinasuhang gold trader at ang idineklara lamang nitong kita. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Nahaharap sa kasong tax evasion ang isang gold trader dahil sa umano’y sadyang pagiwas na magbayad ng kabuoang P69-million na buwis sa pamahalaan.

Kinilala ng BIR ang inirereklamong gold trader na si Rizaldy Goloran Chua ng Rosario, Agusan Del Sur.

Ayon sa BIR, hindi idineklara ni Chua ang kanyang totoong kinita mula sa pagbebenta ng ginto sa Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) noong 2009 at 2010.

Base sa imbestigasyon ng BIR, nakapagbenta ang gold trader ng mahigit P96-million na halaga ng ginto sa BSP ngunit wala pa sa kalahating milyon ang idineklara nitong income.

“A comparison of the gross sales he declared in his ITR in the amount of P190,532.00 in 2009 and P204,061.75 in 2010 with the income payments he received from BSP of P87.91 million in 2009 and P8.12 million in 2010 revealed that he grossly under-declared his sales by 46,039% or P87.72 million in 2009 and 3,879% or P7.92 million in 2010,” pahayag ni BIR Deputy Commissioner Atty. Estela V. Sales.

“Under Sec. 248(B) of the Tax Code, an under-declaration of taxable income by more than 30% constitutes a prima facie case of fraud tantamount to tax evasion,” dagdag nito.

Tatlong negosyante pa ang kasabay na sinampahan ng reklamo ng BIR dahil sa hindi rin pagbabayad ng buwis sa pamahalaan.

Samantala, mahigit tatlong daang mga reklamo na ang naisampa ng BIR sa DOJ sa ilalim ng Run After Tax Evaders Program ng administrasyong Aquino.

Mahigit P64-billion na buwis ang hinahabol ng pamahalaan na makolekta mula sa mga naturang kaso, ngunit hanggang sa ngayon ay nakabinbin pa rin ang makaling bulto nito sa Department of Justice. (Roderic Mendoza / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Young NPA fighter thankful for being saved by the ‘enemy’

Marje Pelayo   •   November 6, 2019

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Rebel combatant alias ‘Kent’ was lost for words over his experience in the hands of his “enemies” – the soldiers of the 29th Infantry Battalion – after an encounter in San Isidro, Santiago, Agusan del Norte.

‘Kent’ sustained three gunshot wounds during the crossfire on November 2.

The soldiers captured him as he could no longer walk due to his injury.

He thought that was the end for him.

“Naka-set na sa isip ko na papatayin ako talaga kasi susuko (I set my mind that I would be killed if I surrender),” he said in his local dialect.

“Ang sabi nila kapag may giyera, papatayin ka kapag nahuli ka ng Army (They say in war, you will be killed if the Army captures you),” he added.

But to his surprise, the soldiers brought him to a nearby hospital and while gasping for air, he heard the soldiers telling him to hold on and try to survive.

The young NPA fighter is now recovering from his wound while the military is working on the possible assistance he may receive once he officially decommissions from the rebel group.

“Ang una nating ginagawa ngayon ay maka recover muna siya (What we are focusing on first is his recovery),” said Maj. Francisco Garelllo, the spokesperson of the 402 Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army who handles the case of alias Kent.

‘Kent’ was recruited to the New People’s Army (NPA) when he was only 16 years old.

He realized he spent his two years fighting for the wrong side.

He said he has decided to return to the government and start a new life with his family.

 “Sinasabi naman nila sa akin na, ‘Dapat mabuhay ka kasi sisikapin naming mabuhay ka,’” Kent said of the soldiers who rescued him.

“Kaya pinilit ko ring maka-survive,” he concluded. – MNP (with reports from Dante Amento)

BSP to adopt National QR Code standard for payments

Marje Pelayo   •   October 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is now adopting a National Quick Response (QR) Code Standard for payments.

The BSP, on its website, said the move is in line with the agency’s thrust of ensuring the efficiency of payment systems in support of inclusive economic development in the country.

The National Quick Response (QR) Code Standard, according to BSP, utilizes the QR technology which is considered as the most convenient and cost efficient means of moving funds from one account to another.

Such technology has been effective in other countries as an alternative to the traditional debit and credit cards.

Since a QR code contains most if not all of the critical information required to be specified in a payment instruction, the use of this code minimizes encoding errors, the BSP explained.

Likewise, it is faster and easier to just scan the code than to dip or swipe a card, and sign a charge slip.

To ensure smooth implementation of the Standard, the BSP has set out a period within which the Philippine Payments Management, Inc. (PPMI), the country’s payment system management body, shall inform the Bangko Sentral of the Standard approved by the PPMI Board.

The Payment Service Providers (PSPs), meanwhile, shall adopt the Standard within thirty (30) calendar days from the date of said notification. 

Nevertheless, considering that a number of PSPs have been offering QR-enabled payment services, the policy allows these PSPs to fully comply with the Standard up to 30 June 2020.

The BSP is confident that the adoption of a QR Code Standard on a national scale is expected to bring more Filipinos can enjoy the benefits of a safe, efficient, and inclusive retail payment system.

OFW remittances up by 3.6% in eight months — BSP

Marje Pelayo   •   October 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) noted a significant increase in personal remittances of overseas Filipinos workers (OFW) by 3.6% in the past eight months of 2019.

According to a BSP statement released on Tuesday (October 15), remittances from OFWs totaled to US$2.9 billion in August 2019 which is 4.2 percent higher than the US$2.8 billion in August 2018.

This brings OFWs’ personal remittances to US$22 billion which is about US$800,000 increase from last year’s US$21.2 billion.

Specifically, land-based OFWs with work contracts of one year or more, remitted US$16.8 billion from January to August this year, a slight increase from US$16.3 billion in the same period last year.

Meanwhile, inflows of remittances from sea-based workers and land-based workers with short-term contracts also contributed US$4.7 billion from US$4.4 billion last year.

The media release further stated that, by country source, the highest share of overall remittances for January to August 2019 was the United States with 37 percent, followed by Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, the UK, Japan, Canada, Hong Kong, Germany, and Kuwait.

The combined remittances from these countries accounted for 78.4 percent of total cash remittances from January to August 2019.

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