Doctor’s lawyer decries lack of due process in tax raps

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Dr. Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III and wife Donna Cruz. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

CEBU CITY – The lawyer of singer-actress Donna Cruz’s husband decried on Saturday the alleged lack of due process in the filing of tax evasion charges against his client at the Department of Justice.

Cornelio Mercado, legal counsel of Dr. Potenciano Larrazabal III, an ophthalmologist, claimed that they were surprised by the filing of the charges because his client had not been informed of any tax deficiency and should have been given a chance to settle it.

“We’re surprised. We’re confused. For them to conclude that there was an alleged fraud committed, how did you get that?” he said.

Larrazabal, board secretary of the Cebu Doctors Group of Hospitals and University, has been charged in the DOJ with evading taxes and failing to supply the Bureau of Internal Revenue with correct and accurate information in his tax returns from 2009 to 2011.

The BIR computed Larrazabal’s defiency taxes at P21.14 million.

Larrazabal, founder of the Larrazabal Eye Group, allegedly under-declared his income, did not pay the correct income tax on it and failed to pay value added tax and file his VAT returns.

According to Mercado, they received a notice last April 26, informing them that four BIR representatives were coming to Cebu to examine Larrazabal’s tax records.

The four BIR representatives, he added, would have determined “what they know versus what is in my client’s record.” But they never showed up and he was surprised instead to learn on Wednesday that tax evasion charges had been filed against Larrazabal.

“We don’t know what to do. Will the examination of my client’s records continue or shall we go on and face the charges,” said Mercado. “My client should have been informed that he lacked payment as tax to the government. He should have been given a chance to settle whatever there is to pay. But we were never informed about it.”

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  • Roy Rosales

    good work comm.henarez.its high time that the BIR SHOULD INITIATE tax evasion charges to court with majority of our doctors who are obviously tax evaders.it should include the BIR personnel which approved the tax evasion.it takes two to tango.these doctors usually has luxurious cars,big houses in exclusive subd.just observed them with their cars and drivers at asian hospita.st luxe and heartcenter.shame on them.its tantamount to economic sabotage

  • mark

    Kung laging bibigyan ng pagkakataon na isettle ung tax deficiency, aba eh wala nang magbabayad ng tama, hintayin na lang if ever na makita ng BIR, eh ang BIR sampling audit lang yan, per law, a deficiency of at least 30% is already prima facie evidence to evade tax, sa korte na lang po magpaliwanag, wag sa media….

  • alfred sanchez

    bayad bayad din muna ng tax pag may time

  • Horst Manure

    Being a liaryer here he should have realised how hopeless the system is and how things work, once the Caughts get you they live up to their name sake and any thing pertaining to common sense is not allowed to operate here,

    The whole system is as useless as an ash tray on a motor bike.

    • tagaDumantay

      Huwag ka ng mag English. O di kaya type mo muna sa MS word para maitama ang sinasabi mo!

  • Atawid

    BIR – Bigay Ikaw Regalo

  • speedstream2

    What is it they say? Pay up or shut up?

  • regd

    Does the BIR representatives going to see him instead of him doing it to clear his name ring any bells?

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