DOF seeks quicker action on tax evasion, smuggling cases


MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Finance is pushing for quicker action on cases against alleged tax evaders, smugglers and erring government employees as the department vowed to go for a more aggressive anticorruption campaign.

In a statement, Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares said the bureau’s Run Against Tax Evaders (RATE) would now focus on self-employed professionals, specifically those who were not filing the proper tax returns.

DOF data showed that 302 cases were filed against alleged tax cheats and corrupt state workers and officials since the Aquino administration took office in mid-2010.

These cases represent about P80 billion in taxes, duties and penalties that the government wants to collect.

Under the RATE campaign alone, 140 cases accounting for P44.3 billion in unpaid taxes and surcharges have been lodged during the two and a half years of the Aquino administration.

That is more than the 127 RATE cases—covering P7 billion in tax liabilities—that were filed since the RATE campaign was launched in 2005 until mid-2010 when President Arroyo’s term ended.

“This stark improvement during the Aquino administration is due to the BIR’s aggressive filing of tax cases every other Thursday,” Henares said. “We will continue to investigate and hammer down on tax evaders.”

Also, in the past two and a half years, the Bureau of Customs filed 107 cases under its Run After the Smugglers (RATS) campaign while the DOF’s Revenue Integrity Protection Service (RIPS) lodged 55 complaints against 59 government employees.

The RATS cases represent P25.9 billion in duties and taxes, covering P52.4 billion worth of import shipments.

The DoF said RIPS had so far secured 62 suspensions and 21 dismissals against erring state employees.

“We are working closely with the Department of Justice, the Office of the Ombudsman and the judiciary to expedite the just prosecution, trial and resolution of these significant cases,” Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima said.

Of the 140 RATE cases, 121 are pending in the DoJ, 17 are pending in the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) and regular courts. The DoJ has dismissed with finality two of these cases.

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  • Pwe Jade

    Strong candidate is Alfredo Pujeda and Carmelita Pujeda of Lopez Jaena, Tierra Pura, QC.

    Tax evasion cases for all the properties they develop in Culiat, Project 8, Pasong Tamo, Diliman and Tandang Sora.

    Jail this couple.  It is not enough that they evade paying taxes, they deceive clueless home buyers, office leasor for all the fake documents and illegal papers they possess.  If operative is exposed, death threat!

    Check out the police records at Station 3 in Talipapa, QC.

  • bryant85

    What’s de Lima doing? This apparent dawdling of DOJ to investigate and file the appropriate action at the proper courts indicates a different picture not alluring to be attributed to the programs of Pnoy on his matuwid na daan slogan. Detractors of Pnoy specifically the lackeys of GMA will capitalize on this matter to saturate media like herd of locust this incompetence of de Lima which surely shall redound to a black eye on Pnoy by being his alter ego.

    Another thing, the dynamism shown by Henares and her people at the BIR will go to naught thus hurting them to become indifferent and unenergetic instead of ameliorating further their laudable actions that they had already shown.

    Even the Filipino People actively monitoring the end result of these corrupt practices will become disgusted that shall adversely affect Pnoy’s rating if the sluggardness of de lima and her men continues. Sec. de Lima, wake up and act with dispatch for the whole world have their eyes on you like an eagle on its prey.

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