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BIR files charges vs 2 lawyers, 2 doctors

BIR files charges vs 2 lawyers, 2 doctors

Posted at 09/15/2011 12:26 PM | Updated as of 09/15/2011 4:32 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday filed complaints against two lawyers for allegedly failing to pay the right amount of taxes, and two doctors for not issuing official receipts.

Facing tax evasion charges before the Department of Justice were George Erwin Garcia, who served as legal counsel of several politicians, and Banco Filipino lawyer Abelardo Aportadera Jr.

The BIR said Garcia under-declared his annual income in 2010 by nearly P52 million. It said the lawyer declared only P1.38 million gross income during the year, but was able to buy a P53-million condominium unit in Legazpi Village, Makati City.

Aportadera, on the other hand, did not pay over P20 million value-added taxes in 2008 to 2010, and under-declared his income by over P9 million in 2008 and 2009, the BIR said. He was assessed with a total tax deficiency of P26.05 million.

The tax bureau is also going after neurosurgeon Willy Lopez and well-known dermatologist Sylvia Huang for allegedly failing to issue official receipts for their professional services.

In one instance, the BIR said Lopez did not issue receipt for services worth P164,000.

Huang, meanwhile, issued receipts only when patients asked, according to the BIR.

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