Friday, April 07, 2006

Ruffa Gutierrez Join Other Stars in BIR list of tax evaders

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Ruffa Gutierrez-Bektas and parents Anabelle Rama and Eddie Gutierrez are the latest showbiz personalities to be complained of tax evasion by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

They are the officers of Royale Era Entertainment, Inc. founded in 1998.

Gutierrez-Bektas is the company's treasurer while her mom serves as managing director and her dad sits as company president.

The BIR found out that the company underdeclared its income in 2003 and 2004.

According to documents obtained from GMA Network, Inc. where the company got the earnings, the BIR discovered that Royale Era earned P2,240,677.06 but declared P 1,602,710.91 as income.

In 2004, the company earned
P 4,024,801.12 but declared only P 2,774,801.12.

The bureau said that the company owes P 3,285,397 in unpaid taxes due to the government.

"It could be higher. We're still tracing other incomes which this company is earning," Arnel Guballa, chief of the bureau's investigation division said.

Aside from underdeclaring its income, the company also did not file its Income Tax Return from 1998 up to 2002.

It also did not pay the corresponding VAT for earnings beyond P 500,000.00 and did not pay the annual registration fee worth P 500.00 since 1998.

The DOJ will conduct preliminary investigation into this complaint and will decide whether there is probable cause to warrant the filing of the case in court.

Rama refused to comment as she has yet to receive a copy of the complaint.

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