CTA sends to jail city bus op­er­a­tor for fil­ing false tax re­turns

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By JUN RAMIREZ

The Court of Tax Ap­peals (CTA) has sent to jail for up to eight years a Metro Manila bus op­er­a­tor for fil­ing false in­come tax re­turns (ITR) in 2008 and 2009.

In af­firm­ing the res­o­lu­tion of one of its di­vi­sions, the court en banc also or­dered Sa­muel San­tos, pres­i­dent of

Kingsam Ex­press of Valen­zuela City, to pay the Bureau of In­ter­nal Rev­enue (BIR) more than 118 mil­lion in de­fi­ciency in­come tax.

Court records showed the cor­po­ra­tion did not prop­erly re­port the ac­qui­si­tion of 25 pas­sen­ger buses in its ITR and fi­nan­cial state­ments.

“His (San­tos) un­jus­ti­fied ig­no­rance of his re­spon­si­bil­ity

to en­sure the ac­cu­racy of the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided in the sub­ject ITRs and fi­nan­cial state­ments ren­der his ac­tions will­ful and in­ten­tional,” said As­so­ciate Jus­tice Er­linda Uy who wrote the 39-page de­ci­sion.

The court set aside the ar­gu­ment of the busi­ness­man that he had no full knowl­edge on the prepa­ra­tion and sub­mis­sion of the tax pa­pers as they were done by his ac­coun­tant.

He said some of the bus units were ac­quired by his wife us­ing her own money.

He also claimed that the bus units were de­liv­ered late and were not in op­er­a­tion for a time.

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