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Raps filed against 6 people over sale of ghost receipts — BIR

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed tax evasion charges against several individuals on Thursday over the sale of ghost receipts.

According to the BIR, 14 criminal cases were filed against five corporate officers and an accountant of two corporations before the Regional Trial Court and Metropolitan Trial Court of Quezon City.

The BIR said the Justice Department found probable cause to file charges against the five officers for tax evasion, failure to file tax returns, failure to supply correct and accurate information in the tax returns, and making false reports in the audited financial statements for taxable year 2021.

“The BIR under the Run After Fake Transactions Taskforce will not hesitate to file criminal cases against big corporations or syndicates that sell, buy, or use ghost receipts,” BIR Commissioner Romeo Lumagui Jr. said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the agency said it has filed 23 complaints against sellers and buyers of fictitious receipts under the Run After Fake Transactions (RAFT) Program of the BIR.

The BIR also filed a complaint before the DOJ against a popular cosmetic brand for allegedly engaging in fictitious transactions with ghost companies. — VBL, GMA Integrated News