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BIR hits doctors, lawyers

More tax suits coming; professionals are warned

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Lawyers and doctors be warned.

Well-known election lawyer George Erwin Garcia, who counts among his clients deposed President Joseph Estrada and son Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, was charged on Thursday with tax evasion by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) along with a bank lawyer and two prominent doctors.

Garcia purportedly earned only P1.38 million in 2010 but was able to buy a condominium unit in Makati City for P53.3 million, thus underdeclaring his income by 30 percent, Revenue Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares said in a press conference on Thursday at the justice department.

But Garcia said he was being punished for his “honesty.”

The BIR formally filed in the justice department the complaints against Garcia, Banco Filipino lawyer Abelardo Aportadera Jr., neurologist Willy Go Lopez and dermatologist Sylvia Huang.

Aportadera’s tax liability amounts to P26 million, according to the BIR.

Suits were brought against Lopez and Huang for their purported failure to issue official receipts to their patients. (Under Section 264 of the National Internal Revenue Code, a fine of not less than P1,000 but not more than P50,000 and imprisonment of two to four years are imposed on those who do not issue official receipts.)

Henares said the complaints against the two doctors were the first in many years.

She said the filing took its cue from what President Aquino indicated in his State of the Nation Address—that many doctors and lawyers had been violating the law by not issuing receipts.

Fair warning

“This is a fair warning to everyone. When you sell goods or services, you are required under the law to issue a receipt and report it as income,” Henares said.

“This is just the beginning and there will be a lot more to follow. We have given instructions to our directors and district officers that they should have this kind of operation,” she said, referring to the surveillance conducted on Huang and Lopez.

Contacted by phone, Lopez told the Inquirer that he was being harassed by the parents of a teenager whom he operated on in 2009 but later died of complications.

Huang could not be reached despite repeated attempts.

Henares aired the reminder that vendors in bazaars (or “tiangges”) should be issuing receipts the way professionals like Huang and Lopez were required to.

“That’s why I don’t go to bazaars. They might be forced to close down,” the BIR chief said.

Intention to pay

Banco Filipino’s Aportadera told the Inquirer by phone that he had yet to see a copy of the BIR complaint.

“All I can say is I never had the slightest intent to evade my tax obligations to the government and will pay upon assessment. In fact, I have made a voluntary disclosure coupled with an intent to comply,” Aportadera said.

He said that he, along with his bookkeeper and accountant, had discovered discrepancies in his income tax returns, and that he submitted last week to the BIR’s regional district officer in Pasig City a letter indicating his intention to rectify his tax deficiencies.

Aportadera was sued by the BIR for allegedly failing to provide accurate information in his income tax returns for 2008 and 2009, and to file value-added tax (VAT) returns for 2008 to 2010.

On the BIR’s request, a Banco Filipino official said the bank paid Aportadera P29.4 million in 2008, P37.1 million in 2009, and P37.8 million in 2010.

The BIR said Aportadera underdeclared his income by P1.6 million in 2008 and P8.1 million in 2009.

His tax deficiency amounted to P5.5 million, inclusive of surcharges and interests, and his VAT deficiency, to P20.5 million, inclusive of increments, for taxable years 2008, 2009, and 2010.

‘Honest’ taxpayer

Garcia was sued by the BIR for failing to pay P37.9 million worth of taxes, inclusive of increments.

Reached by phone, the election lawyer wondered why he would be charged with tax evasion when he had included his purchase of a condominium unit in his 2010 income tax return.

He said he had indicated the purchase was still under litigation, and thus the property had yet to be transferred to his name.

“Why are they punishing a taxpayer for being honest?” he said.

Garcia was also the election lawyer of Sen. Loren Legarda, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and his wife, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano, boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, former Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda and a number of governors and congressmen.

The BIR said its investigation was prompted by confidential information that Garcia had purchased a unit worth P53 million, with three parking spaces, in the Shang Grand Tower Condominium at Podium III, on Perea corner De la Rosa Streets in Legazpi Village, Makati City.

Despite this pricey purchase, Garcia’s declared income from 2004 to 2010 based on his income tax returns amounted to P4.45 million.

The BIR said it used the “expenditures method” of tax investigation to determine that Garcia had underdeclared his income in 2010.

“This involves deducting all nontaxable sources of funds and the reported taxable income from total expenditures. Thus, a comparison of Garcia’s reported income of P1.38 million for the year 2010 and his total expenditures in 2010 of P53.3 million yielded a difference of P51.9 million or an underdeclaration of more than 30 percent,” the BIR said in a statement.

Under the tax code, an underdeclaration of taxable income of more than 30 percent constitutes prima facie evidence of fraud tantamount to tax evasion.

But Garcia said he was surprised that a complaint had already been filed against him when he was told by the BIR just last week that an audit of his books would be conducted.

‘Grudge’

The BIR said the complaint against Lopez stemmed from a June 18 complaint-affidavit submitted by spouses Arestophanes and Josephine Salvador claiming that they had paid the neurologist P164,000 for treating their 17-year-old son, Aries Joseph (AJ).

Carrying a mission order, BIR investigators had posed as patients to check the Salvadors’ complaints, and talked with a patient who said Lopez did not issue an official receipt.

Reached in his clinic at Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Lopez told the Inquirer that the person interviewed by BIR investigators Alex Manguba and Grace Cruz was a companion of his friend, a lawyer with brain cancer, whom he was treating for free.

“Of course, since I treat him for free, I didn’t issue an official receipt,” the doctor said.

Lopez said he was not surprised when told that the Salvadors had filed a complaint against him in the BIR.

“Masama pa rin ang loob nila sa akin (They still hold a grudge against me). They are harassing me,” he said.

Lopez said he had operated on AJ Salvador in May 2009 but that the teenager died of complications two weeks later.

He said the Salvadors had earlier filed charges of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide against him in the justice department, and of gross negligence at the Philippine Regulatory Commission.

Lopez also said the BIR investigators confronted his secretary, who surrendered the booklet of official receipts that he used prior to the current one.

He said his secretary’s appointment notebook, where his patients’ names are listed, was also confiscated.

Only on demand

As for Huang, Henares said two BIR investigators with a mission order also posed as patients in her clinic at LPL Condominium on Eisenhower Street in San Juan City last Aug. 22.

She said the investigators had observed that one patient was not issued a receipt.

“Ms Huang’s act of not issuing a receipt violates the provisions of the tax code. Based on the results of the investigation, it was clear that Ms Huang has been issuing receipts to her patients only upon demand despite the mandatory requirement of the law requiring persons subject to an internal revenue tax to issue receipts or sales or commercial invoices,” the BIR said in a statement.


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Tags: Banco Filipino lawyer Abelardo Aportadera Jr. , BIR , Bureau of Internal Revenue , deposed President Joseph Estrada , dermatologist Sylvia Huang , lawyer George Erwin Garcia , neurologist Willy Go Lopez , Sen. Jinggoy Estrada , Tax evasion , tax liabilities


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E7SFPQFWHHEAJ4IZKPD7OYJXVM Jabba

    hurray!!!!!!!!!! finally may nasamplingan na mga abugago at kon-duktor. private employees pay 25-30 percent tax every month. walang kalaban laban. sana magtuloy tuloy na ito.  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GYGZ5QIIDVRRY44D6BAFGR7WYM elesito

      The BIR are doing an excellent job. Continue your good work for at last a sample of a case against doctor and lawyer has been filed in court. Sana lang may magandang resulta ang kasong isinasampa. I went to my doctor reguarly for my physical check up and not only me but my children and grandchildren, but never did I experience that my doctor and the doctors of my children and grandchildren did issue a receipt for what we had paid for them. Sana may magagawa na ang BIR sa mga malpractice na ito.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZWTTKJTI57YO7TZBJC66GA2OLU dennis

    I think there is a need for every filipinos to have “NATIONAL ID” which contain all the personal information of every individual.This ID has a chip inside that once it was read thru scanner,it will automatically forwarded at the BIR.This is best applicable to those individual who got hospitalized,or attending any Physician´s Clinic.This can also applicable if someone visit a Law Office.So,How does this thing will function? Once an individual enter Doctor´s Clinic,the Secretary will ask for this National ID,it will be scanned and recorded in their PC and it will AUTOMATICALLY forwarded at the BIR.So,whatever the cost of every transaction being made between Client and Professionals like Doctors and Lawyers,a standard taxes will be imposed already ,and we can avoid undeclared transactions! Still,once a client pay,an official printout of receipt must be RECORDED THRU PC even the client forgot to ask for a receipt.Sana ganito din ang systema sa Philhealth,GSIS Card and SSS Card.

  • Anonymous

    Kudos to the BIR. Here in Canada, if you look at the profile of the income tax collection, it would look like a triangle, the base is composed of high income earners, the middle, the middle class, and the topmost the poor. In RP it looks like a diamond, the bottom the rich, the middle bulk the middle class (it’s probably not even middle class, it’s just the employed who have no choice as their taxes are withheld by their employers) and the top the rich. A lot of the self-employed professionals in the Philippines do not declare their income. Suwerte na siguro kung mag-declare sila ng 10%. The triangular and diamond tax collection structure basically reflects the kind of society the taxpayers live in- the triangle means a stable society where many of the needs of the people are basically met. The diamond (despite its name) leads to social inequity – government cannot meet basic social services because there is no money – hence the resulting society is unstable.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZWTTKJTI57YO7TZBJC66GA2OLU dennis

    National ID will definitely benefit everybody!This will ensure our country to be more competitive.Mas maganda pa nga if it´s possible na to print everyone´s Birth Certificate to lessen pressures at National Census.Once a person already printed out their Birth Certificate,all they need is to Authenticate at the Law Office,or Notarizing it and that´s it! Off Course,once someone change their civil status,it is individual´s responsibility to change it at the responsible Authority to get a new updated one!

  • Anonymous

    Salamat naman at ginagawa na ito ng gobyerno. Dapat noon pa. Unfair kasi na ang ultimong empleyado sa govt at public sector ay automatic ang kaltas ng tax samantalang itong mga doktor at abugado ay nakakaalpas sa tamang buwis.

  • Anonymous

    With the filing of cases and good performance of the BIR, the credit goes to the President. Since the President advocacy is the Matuwid na Daan, talagang sumosunod din ang kanyang mga tauhan, yong hindi sumunod dapat sibak agad. Wala nang padrino padrino. The President rating will likely to rise again!!!

  • Anonymous

    hindi pa kalakihan ang isda na ito ang hinihintay ng taong bayan ay yung mga nasa top 100 or 200 na pinakamayaman sa bansa ang masampahan ng kaso kung mapatunayan ang paglabag, maparusahan, magbnayad ng danyos at makulong!

  • Anonymous

    Garcia is being honest for declaring P4.45 million in income from 2004-2010 while at the same token took a P53.3 million in deductions. He argues that he is being persecuted by the BIR for his honesty. No Garcia you’re being persecuted for your stupidity. Even a blind beggar in Quiapo can see that there was something wrong with that.

  • Anonymous

    Go go…..dami pa to sila….simple auditing:  conduct a surprised inventory of their ORs  kung ilan ang na-issue lang ???????? dinodoctor or dinidelay…   walang patawad, kahit patay pinapabayad nang malaki.

  • Anonymous

    SEC. HENARES  BBBBAAAAAKKKKITTTT  NGAYON LANG???????????/    HA  HA   HA  HA   ang dami nila sec.  siguro aa bot ng million ang mga ito  doctors,  lawyers  engrs,    marami pa po   ito sila ang mga no. one na mga mandaraya……..  more power to u   SEC HENARES  NG BIR……

  • Anonymous

    I’m just wondering how come it’s very difficult for some of these so called “professionals” ( doctors, lawyers, athletes, actors, etc) to file correct taxes and not try to shortchange the govt?  Paying correct taxes should be part of one’s duty  as responsible citizens of our country.

  • Anonymous

    this is good to build up the revenue of the country. but we should also hold the government accountable to serve us, the taxpayers, efficiently and honestly.

  • Ofelia Pina

    tama yan,imbestigahin yang mga big time tax evaders…kundi ngayon kelan pa? habang wala silang konek.!

  • Anonymous

    Send the Finance department for education in Sweden and i promise they will learn to get in the proper tax from each pinoy/ay born heheeh

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

      raise the standard of living to that of Sweden first

      • Anonymous

        “We put the cart before the horse, and shut the stable door when the steed is stolen”…..

        standard of living comes when everyone chip in

  • Robert Procopio

    magkano ang singil ni vicky bello sa mga kliyente nyang bigtime na artista, matrona at lalake na tinangalan ng angry bird? sobra sobra yan kaya can afford si vicky na limang driver.  tama lang yan.  mga numero unong tax evaders yang mga yan. 

  • Robert Procopio

    sa acceptance fee pa lang mga abogado, wala ng resibo.   sa appearance fee lalong wala.  natalo na ang kaso.  talo din ang bulsa.  ang dapat i monitor ang mga nagkakaso at mag coordinate ang BIR sa mga RTC para malaman kung sino ang mga abogadong kumikita sa mga kliyente nila.

  • grhof265

    OK so we’re moving forward on the tax collection issue.  Now that means more money for government.  Sana lang more money doesn’t mean more money for politicians to line their pockets or squander needlessly.  This is where the citizens should be very watchful.  We’re almost there.

  • Anonymous

    Rock on Madam Commissioner! The whole nation is behind you

  • Anonymous

    also go after the President, COO and crewing managers of ship crewing agencies…you won’t be disappointed…

  • Anonymous

    also go after the Presdents, COO, Crewing managers, Document officers, etc…in the Ship crewing agencies…you won’t be disappointed…and one more…also go after they doctors in their appointed diagnostic clinic…viola!

  • Anonymous

    SAPUL-na-sapul yong nasabi ko tungkol sa paksang ito nito lang.  Nabanggit ko ang mga professionals na yan…..lawyers, medical practioners, esp, cosmetic surgeons, accountants, etc.  Hahaha….what a coincidence!  Mga MANDARAYA…..naturingan pa naman kayong mga PROFESSIONALS!  Ang labas ninyo nyan ay PROFESSIONAL CHEATS.  Konting delicadeza naman dyan, mga kabayan.

    • Anonymous

      saka marami ang mga gahaman sa kanila…lalo na pag nalaman na OFW ang pasyente nila…mag sugapa…anyway, dapat lang naman.

      in the same light, there should also be government control on prices of medical practitioners…

      • Anonymous

        SANG-AYON ako, kabayan, sa mungkahi mong uniform fees sa mga medical practioners.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aldin.rrt Al Calde

    computerize BIR

    .. it is the easiest way to go after the evaders and to trace everyone’s tax declaration, which would result in better and transparent collection… 

  • Anonymous

    Bakit ako mag bayad ng
    tamang tax income Kung
    sa araw araw sa news
    nababasa ko lagi corruptions.
    Ikulong niyo muna mga
    mag nanakaw sa gobierno hoy!
    Mag lagay kayo ng mga Tao
    sa BIR na Hindi corrupt.
    Tanong ko Lang sa head ng
    BIR, kayo ba nag babayad ng tamang
    income tax?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=530376192 Adrian Rodriguez Asis

      Ang sariling dumi hindi nalilinis pag tinuro ang dumi ng iba. Baluktot na pangangatwiran yan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YOTQLTHQEQGGJH2WIXZQWYTH3E Pinky Datu

    It should have been done decades ago. Kaming mga ordinary employees hindi makalusot sa witholding tax. Pero ang mga doctor, lawyers, artista, laging nakalusot sa pagbayad ng tax. Ang hirap nito baka ipapatong ng mga professionals(kuno) na ito sa madlang people ang tax. Kaya instead na 800 ang bayad sa pagpapatingin sa doctor, ay 1,000 na. Ang mga lawyers, ang acceptance fee na 50,000 baka maging 75,000. Wow!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

    What about Manny Pacquiao?  Not long ago, his tax returns were discovered to be questionable but we did not hear from BIR again.

    • Anonymous

      At the risk of being misconstrued of having talangka mentality: There is also the question of Congressman Pacquiao and his congressionall office staff getting paid while he is away on training and fights. Is this right? Has he been refusing his salary while on these unofficial jaunts?
      I really hurl this challenge to the good congressman’s office: Can you please condescend to answer the above queries, to clear the air once and for all time?

  • Anonymous

    Panahon na! Dapat patas lahat doktor man o abugado or ordinaryong empleyado.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Cela/100000275164669 Maria Cela

    Eh paano ang mga abogado ni Sinungaling na asawa ni Magnanakaw. Pihado cash lagi ang bayad nila sa kanila dahil nakaw nga. Suriin din ang kanilang mga gastos na hindi parallel sa kanilang declared income  Suriin ninyo na rin ang mga doctores nila diyan sa st loots. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SOEVHIPPMHMHREOUIVH75FIVUE leonardoo

    I don,t meant to disagree with the on-going tax evasion campaign,. But in fairness to all taxpayers, I suggest that those BIR personnel who were responsible or are supposed to have done their job should also be  investigated and at least reprimanded for laxity, incompetence or corruption. They are a part of the problem  for so long a time.

    I also think that the campaign should not be selective. Priority should be placed on tax evaders among the senators and congressmen, governors and other high government official. So far, only the arroyos are being charged. The assets and liabilities which government officials and all government employees are required by law to submit must be delligently reviewed. A VP has been reported to own many condo units in Makati, but it appears that the units are in somebody’s name. The general public will surely applaud the campaign if is not being done for a show or just to impress Pnoy.        .

  • Anonymous

    “OFFICIAL RECEIPTS ARE TO BE ISSUED EVEN WHEN NOT DEMANDED-VIOLATORS ARE PENALIZED” – should be the campaign slogan of the government on tax collection.

    The doctors and lawyers and other professionals issuing Official receipts is a vanishing tribe. Patients
    and clients who seek their professional help see it as a personal favor when asking for their help, forgetting they paid for it. To the mind of the help seekers, the joy from being saved from a disease, staying away from jail or their houses fixed or built is more than important than seeing an OR issued. The old fashioned campaign of the government on tax collection should change radically, from the citizen’s “ugaliing humingi ng resibo” to business and professional taxpayer’s ” Receipts are to be issued even whe not demanded-violators are penalized”. Check the spurious and double printing of the OR. Businesses have two sets of OR to evade tax remittances.

    LIKE this comment if you agree.

  • Anonymous

    Kung naka zero in kayo sa mga doctors and other professionals who do not issue receipts in the exercise of their professions, dapat isama nyo na si Becky Belo dyan para patas ang lahat. I have nothing personal against her except that she is a big shot in the medical industry. Ang dasal ko lang na sana nagbabayad sya ng tamang buwis sa gobyerno. Kasi ang naririnig at nababasa ko palagi atymaraming mga celebrities na nagpapasalamat sa kanya palagi. Pero wala akong narinig nga mga urban poor na nagpasalamat sa kanyang Belo Group of Companies. Now, tell me if you have so that the people will know. Your indulgence will triple all the more if you share what you have to the poor and to the Lord.

  • Anonymous

    Another form for an audit trail would be all legal and medical expenses should be tax deductible…Any  deductions on the tax forms must indicate who the beneficiaries are…i.e.; names of lawyers, doctors and hospitals..This of course requires a legitimate receipt from the providers of any job performed.

  • Anonymous

    Darn!  The govt is really clamping down on stray citizien in his so called matuwid na landas.   Bossing,  Just be sure that it applies to all or none at all otherwise you wont earn our repect.

    • Anonymous

      Another “NINGAS KUGON”…. ( I hope not!) Our government and it’s system are known to be rotten and just ningas kugon. After a few months…. just a forgotten act. Look… what  happen to the case of Gen, Carlos Garcia? Wala ng balita, as usual magaling lang sa una, then forgotten history. Ningas kugon!

  • Anonymous

    During the time of Cory i once assisted my grandfather who was a doctor to pay for his taxes. So i went to the regional BIR office at Quezon ave. I submitted the ledgers of my grandfather together with all the O.R. booklets and all BIR receipts of taxes he has remitted on a quarterly basis. The assessment officer told me to come back in three days. When i went back the assesment officer told me that my grandfather still had to pay 400K in adjustments. Then immediately after telling me the amount she asked “Magkano lang ang ilalagay natin sa resibo?”. I was stunned. I told the officer i don’t understand exactly what she meant. She explained that she was willing to lower down the assesment so long as there will be something for her and her boss. All I could tell her was I have to ask my lolo first. When I got back to my lolo I told him what happened and he just told me to have the assessment re-checked by his cousin who was at that time with COA. If the amount was accurate he would pay the adjustment with further instructions to go directly to the cashier at the BIR office.

    • Anonymous

      Welcome to the world of BIR.  Everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY, starting from the Security Guard, Janitors, Clerks, up to the Commissioner will ask for money.  Mga buwaya talaga ang nasa BIR. 

  • Anonymous

    now the government is building so many cases against tax evaders…okay..that’s fine…but now, the prosecutors will be deluged with more cases…can we finish with the arroyo family,the ligots, garcias, reyes’, et al, first..these filings of cases against these professionals are long overdue since they had been short changing the government probably when they first started earning money…it is good news to the public, but these tax evaders are now scrambling with their accountants to make sure that a “HOCUS-POCUS” type can be achieved to avoid penalties, or worse, jail time….you see, when you release a story like this, this makes the BIR look like in connivance…why not compound all first, and when you have all the necessary “goods”, then do a press release (assuming you have all the evidence) and pick them up, one by one… why are public servants so publicity hound?…is this the SOP as a “stepping stone” to run for political office?  are you people that ambitious?  you people in high places in the government are far more well-learned than we who make comments….but these moves you did looked like a grade school’s idea…let me give a simple advice:  build a case, assign people you trust to dig evidence, and when you are sure “WALA NG KAWALA”, secure a warrant of arrest, and surprise, surprise, pick them up…may warrant ka na, di ba?…so, either they stay in jail or post a bail..either way, IT’S A WIN-WIN SITUATION… then you can brag all you want if and when you decide to run for any political office….simple…and…doable…   

    • Anonymous

      Tax cases are handled by the Court of Tax Appeal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leodegardo-Pruna/100000668583781 Leodegardo Pruna

    May the public know how much money have been collected by BIR and deposited in the government coffer as a result of these investigations and charges. I hope that BIR is serious and not doing all these for publicity sake. Is the BIR sure of its people from top to bottom? How about a life style check on all of them. God bless the Philippines.

  • Anonymous

    unfortunately, may mga mauuna na makasuhan. It will push other professionals to pay their tax. Kung totoo man o hindi, the only way to resolve this is in the court. I hope Kim Henares will stay in BIR even after PNOY if she will perform as it is or even more.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F2BMXECH7CGTVNNXDRGHCBWDNM don8

    How about the plunderers? Are they going to give receipts too?
    Kidnappers, Abu-Sayaf, holdappers? Gov’t “bukol” commissioners? NPA? MILF?
    If they are required to issue receipts and tax does it means they are recognized by the gov’t?

    • Anonymous

      I guess you to read the article by James Soriano of Ateneo de Manila.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sokor-Park/100002605297822 Sokor Park

    What about going after showbiz and tv personalities like our favorite circus monkey Jinggoy, bobo Bong Rev, comedy flop Tito Vic and Joey, tita Boy Abunda, plastik willing Willie, midgets Bitoy and Oggie and the ugly Pokwang?  

  • calvin schiraldi

    Hopefully this scare tactics really work. I have yet to see a celebrity actually be sent to jail for tax evasion.

  • Anonymous

    Its high time doctors and lawyers pay the right taxes. Kawawa ang mga ordinary employees kaltas agad ang income tax. BIR is doing a good job.

  • http://twitter.com/gusganir Gus Ganir

    “…who counts among his clients deposed President Joseph Estrada and son Sen. Jinggoy Estrada…”

    “Garcia was also the election lawyer of Sen. Loren Legarda, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and his wife, Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano, boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, former Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda and a number of governors and congressmen.”So? How is this statement relevant to the overall angle of the article? Inquirer journalists should avoid unnecessary associations of the person in questions to its clients if those who clients may not have been necessarily involved in the act of tax evasion. And even if these public officials can be suspected of foul play, the journalist has the burden to make sure that all details in the article are centrally relevant to the whole story as not to unduly involve other people. What happened to the rule of objectivity? This just might count as irresponsible journalism. 

    • Anonymous

      The point of the story is that having those big time clients, it is unimaginable that the lawyer could only be earning pittance. Mag-pakatotoo tayo! So many of our professionals are really evading payment of taxes, yet our fixed income earners get taxed even before they receive their income by way of withholding tax. Claim of harassment is the usual defense. Just like politicians always parry charges against them as politically motivated. But the truth is the richer guys in our society get to evade paying taxes because they are more difficult to monitor.

    • Anonymous

      I believe the point here of the writer is to emphasize that this lawyer earned more than what was reported considering the list of clients he has- all prominent and high profile, thus it follows that the fees could be much higher than declared. The names of the clients mentioned does not necessarily connotes any negative issues against them but rather just a mere reference.

  • Anonymous

    to garcia: in the present you explain

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Reynaldo-Quijada/100000740291153 Reynaldo Quijada

    There are so many who deserve to be charged and the BIR should not spare anyone especially powerful government officials. The implementation of the National Internal Revenue Code section 264 can be carried out better if a corresponding incentive scheme for informants shall be given and if ever it is already in place, many people still do not know it. Side by side with aggressive tax collection is the prudent and wise  utilization of government funds and aggressive filing of cases against corrupt and erring officials starting with the COA annual audit reports on all LGUs and GOCCs. and other national agencies and constitutional bodies. Issuance of official receipts should be more strictly implemented among gasoline/crude oil stations because many of them do not as drivers and owners do not usually ask for receipts.

  • Anonymous

    government officials/employees, professionals, etc. Who’s left?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TSX56EQOQIJQWG42MHQLSZOPXI Flugie

    If the BIR had it their way, they’d tax the even the dead. They are targeting to tax micro-entrepreneurs as wall. Thing is, a huge percentage of these folks barely scrape by yet the BIR wants to tax them.
    ***********
    While I’m for efficient tax collection, the BIR should check it’s ranks i.e. there are a lot of cases of harassment by BIR field agents, harassing and threatening small time businessmen. Me and my sister were victims. We did report it but no action was done.
    ************
    It’s not fair to generalize all accountants, lawyers and doctors as tax cheats. I personally know a few that are honest to goodness taxpayers.
    ***********
    PNoy said their would be no more taxes but he didn’t say that the BIR will not re-interpret laws to raise taxes. Take the case of the VAT on toll fees. If this would act as a precedence, we could expect higher taxes in the future.
    **********
    The BIR is perceived to be one of the biggest sources of red tape and corruption by foreign investors. I’ve a Malaysian friend who wanted to establish a business here but decided bring it to Cambodia because he said that “the BIR gave him a hard time” It took him 3 weeks to set-up the business in Cambodia. His one year here produced nothing.

  • Anonymous

    Its about time. Among the professionals, doctors and lawyers are the number one tax evaders. Ang mga salaried employees walang ligtas sa income tax, samantalang sila, self-declared ang income and usually they under declare their income. The BIR should also go after the politico-businessmen, professional athletes and celebrities. Its time everybody pay their dues to nation building.

  • Anonymous

    kailan nyo isusunod si Richard Gomez? bumili ng bahay sa Forbes Park pero hindi naman na-resolved pa ng maliwanag yung tax evasion na isinampa sa kanya. pinalakad sa ninong/padrino de venecia nya? that is unfair ha!  

  • Anonymous

    E yung mga nasa BIR mismo, nagbabayad din ba ng tamang buwis?  Sa laki ng lagay sa kanila ng big companies, malaki rin dapat ang taxes nila.  Bakit nila ina under and resibo?  Sa bulsa nila napupunta yung mahigit sa kalahati.  So ang tanong, masisisi mo ba and tax evaders?   Pinagpaguran nila yung kinita nila bakit hindi na lang sila ang makinabang?  Why pay taxes tapos mapupunta lang sa mga ulupong rather than spent it for our country’s development?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    Sa palengke po kaya yung bibili ka ng 5-pisong okra, tapos 5-pisong talong at 5-pisong saluyot, iba’t-ibang tindahan, dpat ba sila magresibo? Hindi kaya masyadong magastos sa papel?

    • http://www.facebook.com/nicosan.fopalan Nicosan Sanchez Fopalan

      it’s the law. :) may be what the lawmakers can do is, make ammendments…

  • Anonymous

    WOW!!! I never thought this day would ever come!! Sangkatutak na aregluhan na naman ito. Include all professionals like CPAs, Engineers, Architects, etc. who NEVER ever issue receipts for their expensive services. LAHAT NG MAY HANAPBUHAY DAPAT MAGBAYAD NG BUWIS!!!

    Fellow OFW

  • Anonymous

    Running into the midnight sun. 

    Lawyers and doctors, can ran away during the midnight sun. While others are sleeping, they ran and ran.

    Now BIR was awakened to see the beauty of midnight sun. They can now ran after the runners.

    • Anonymous

      What are you trying to say? Doesn’t make sense! They can now “ran” (or is it run?). Lawyers and doctors, can “ran” away because the BIR was sleeping during the midnight sun but was awakened to see the beauty so they can not “ran, ran, rund, rund”. Uhmm, I’m beginning “to went” nuts! There is an alternative to this our wikang Pilipino or you might be an alien.

  • Anonymous

    tama yan kay atty. garcia at yan ang abogado/operator ni zubiri kaya nagapang niya sila abalos nun para i-proclaim siya despite the fact na walang er at balota na kasama ang mga pekeng coc sa canvassing nun. bagay sa iyo yan. i’m sure di niya dineklara ang cut niya sa lagay kay abalos he he

  • Anonymous

    If lawyers will stage for protest and threat for holiday break, I said, let them be… The Philippines will be better without lawyers. 

    If doctors will stage for protest and threat for holiday break, I said, let them be… The Philippines can still survive without doctors. 

    If BIR employees will stage protest because they are losing “extra income” due to bribery, I said let them resign… The Philippines have millions that demand honesty.

    Will you ran after them, despite the threat? Oh its just chicken.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FM3LD5Z6OYGAK2ER6MJCBKDQR4 Antonio Leon

    The govt. just keeps on collecting taxes from the people but doesn’t give much, if anything, back to the people.  Most of the government’s money just goes to the pockets of corrupt govt. officials.

  • Anonymous

    It’s really unfair for the salaried employees as it is mandatory on their part to pay their tax dues through salary deduction. These professionals are earning much much more and yet most of the time they evade paying their dues. And are we saying they are more often the ones complaining of government service deficiencies? It’s high time to level the playing field and define one’s responsibility as a citizen of the republic and that includes the payment of correct taxes. Bring it on BIR!!!! 

  • Anonymous

    This is just a fair move from our government. Its about time that all FILIPINOS should cooperate if we are seriously want change in our society. The problem with our professional people, businessmen they don’t really pay correct taxes. I should know because I met a lot of this kind of individuals who evade our BIR. Only us employed people whose tax were deducted correctly from our income. Its about time and no excuses please. I fully support this government’s drive.  

  • Anonymous

    Plenty are evading taxes because BIR is not running after them.  I hope this is not another flash in the plan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_742MY6MOTWNTIMMC5D3A3OUZ6M mel

    An ordinary employee has no right or no way to evade the tax. But the wealthy professionals and businessmen are capable of paying an amount of money just to twick their tax obligations. Who are they? Well lets start from the goverment secretaries, governors,mayors,congressmen,senators, supreme court judges, doctors, engrs and etc.Well some of them owned businesses…..They are super wealthy and some of them even own a cesna airplane.

  • http://twitter.com/BackpackPH BackpackPhilippines

    the BIR should also take to court hospitals with rules where patients have to settle doctors fees directly to the doctor. all fees should be paid to the hospital and the hospital to pay the doctor, thus doctors can’t get away with it that easily

    lawyers? how many of them are really honest?  :P

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MU6WDPWDTLS6XE3SASFOUNFFC4 casa negro

    It’s about time!!! Sa totoo lang mga doctor dito sa pilipinas napaka garapal. They charge patients too much, connive with pharmaceutical companies, and don’t pay taxes. Worst of all, our doctors are so UNPROFESSIONAL. They’re always late and make their patients wait for hours in their clinics. A typical pinoy doctor will make his patient wait for about 3 hours for a 15 minute checkup.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FM3LD5Z6OYGAK2ER6MJCBKDQR4 Antonio Leon

    When the govt. collects taxes from the people, where does the tax money go?  Well, let’s say a small percentage go to salaries of govt. employees, another small percentage go to the different agencies of the govt.,  some may probably go to the building of roads/bridges, & another small percentage would probably go to the govt. hospitals.  However, a big chunk of it (in the billions of pesos) will definitely go to the senators & congressmen in the form of pork barrel funds, to the office of the president (also in the billions) as the presidential fund, & kickbacks of govt. officials down to the lowly clerks of most, if not all, of the govt. agencies from the military, police, BIR, customs, DPWH, & a lot more. Now why do you think the lawyers & especially doctors have to pay so much of their hard-earned money when they know that their money will just go to the pockets of these govt. officials who do nothing but warm up their chairs ? 

  • http://twitter.com/Balatingaw El Moro

    I usually take my lunch in a very modest and unassuming carenderia because of their fresh and yummy choices of food.  I’ve learned that the owner’s kids are studying in exclusive schools. I asked the cook how many rice they consume every day. He answered, easily 1 sack.  Convert that as to how many servings (say 100 grams/serving = 500 plates @ P5/serving = P2,500 revenue on cooked rice alone). In short the small carenderia makes a gross of P20,000 per day.  The net income of carenderias usually runs at a low of 40%, so the owner makes P8,000 clean income per day, P240,000 per month or P 2.88 million per year.   Are carenderias paying taxes? I think not. BTW the owner of the carenderia drives a late model CRV. 

  • Anonymous

    tama lang magbayad ng tax sana lang maibalik sa tao ang serbisyo instead na kung saan saan dinadala! CCT and pangtawid pasada ang laking pondo ‘eh ang mga nakikinabang ng mga yan tulad ng jeepney drivers eh nagbabayad ba ng income tax?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FM3LD5Z6OYGAK2ER6MJCBKDQR4 Antonio Leon

    Check today’s editorial & see for yourselves where most of our tax money goes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DH5D5H6XIXUJUHGMEHUWZFVIOU Dionisio

    bakit puro kakaning itik lang ang nakakasuhan ng BIR, bakit walang malalaking kompanya? mga oil companies? mga multinationals? at iba pa. if ever na meron paki publish din ng mga names pwede???
    tama lang na mga professionals din like DRs’ at ATTYs’. kasi ang lalaki ng mga professional fees ng mga ito lalo na ang mga abogado de KAMPANA at mga NUERO doctors’? eh hindi naman nagiissue ng recibo ang mga ito sus ginoo??? pati ba mga politiko,,, mga congressman at senador KAYA MO? ha BIR comm???
    o baka naman para rin kayong SAPOT NG GAGAMBA na pag maliliit HULI pero pag MALALAKI eh lusot ha? nagtatanong lang po?

    • Anonymous

      Tama ka dyan, kailangan lang nang mga taga BIR pumunta sa mga Derby (sabong) sa Pasay, San Juan, Araneta.  Kala mo kung magsipusta (MILLION) di na USO ang pera kinabukasan.
       

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SHKBBO273I7GMSQTA4ZWLZCG3U Max

    it’s about time, majority of the lawyers NEVER issued a receipt on receiving lawyer’s fees, most fees are given inside or outside the courtroom of within the premises of the Hal of Justice, and issuing receipts is demeaning to the lawyers, if they have any receipt at all.

  • Anonymous

    You are discouraging people not to pay their taxes. Hayaan mo na ang administration humabol dun sa mga corrupt basta do your part, pay the correct taxes otherwise wala nang magbabayad kung lahat ganyan ang dahilan. That would come to a vicious cycle. People won’t pay taxes because they think they would go the pockets of the corrupt government officials, the government on the other hand would say they could not give the people enough of the needed goods & services because people don’t pay taxes. Haayyy!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F54VUDPX3E6BQCUR5E3CG3SJMA Jonas

    I hope we put good sense about this.  At this time, there is no point yet to compare the annual earning of those working in the local market (selling vegies, bagoong, tuyo, etc.) and those doing professional services and earning hundreds of thousands or millions.  Agree, majority of them could be tax evaders and if you apply the law, both groups should be taxed.  But hey, let’s not be too harsh to our brothers who have less.  Not this time yet.  After all, like most of us, they are victims of corruption and the difference is they are the bigger victims.  They do not have enough (or maybe none at all) financial resource to fund a good education.  Had they, then we wouldn’t have this issue.  Law then should be applied to all, regardless of financial standings.  But we are not a rich country YET.  We do not see yet the gap between the rich and poor narrowing down.  My humble suggestion is let’s support the administration in its drive to properly collect taxes.  I’m not pro P-noy or whoever sits in power.  I support a program that can possibly make sense to bring our nation out of poverty.  Let’s support and be vigilant where our taxes go.  Let’s not hope much to see the fruits of vigilance, let’s hope that our children and their children enjoy our labor.     

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jizu-Mercado/100000664665706 Jizu Mercado

    why not include the junk shop owners..they made money more than lawyers and doctors. but they dont pay taxes enough…never enough…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jizu-Mercado/100000664665706 Jizu Mercado

    INBISTIGAHAN NYO DIN ANG MGA BIR WORKERS…PAG GUSTO NILA NANG TONG . KAHIT WALANG PROBLEMA SA PAPELES HINAHANAPAN NILA KAHIT ANO PARA LANG MAPILITANG MAG LAGAY ANG NAG FA FILE…DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT MADAM….THE SECOND MOST CORRUFT AFTER CUSTOM…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shikachoji-Nara/100002751479191 Shikachoji Nara

    tama lang na habulin ng BIR yang mga doctor, mga lawyer, professionals at negosyante na di nagbabayad ng tamang tax.. unfair naman sa mga nagbabayad ng tama.. dito lang sa amin, may mga doctor na maraming pasyente, na naniningil ng P250 bawat isa at may tinda pa silang gamot na overprice pero wala namang issue na resibo..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FM3LD5Z6OYGAK2ER6MJCBKDQR4 Antonio Leon

    There may be doctors who are in that profession for the sole purpose of making money & enriching themselves.  However, not all doctors are like that.  A lot more doctors are in that profession because they want to serve the sick & the needy.  I know of some doctors who would not even charge the really poor patients & even give them samples because those patients can not buy the needed medicines.  If you have to wait a while in the doctor’s clinic that’s because that doctor is doing his rounds in a hospital checking on his hospitalized patients before heading to the clinic.  Now, he may have to charge those who have the capacity to pay since a doctor, like everybody else, has to earn a living.  He has a family to support.  He has to pay his rent, his employees, & other bills.  And on top of that he has to pay his taxes only to learn that his hard-earned money just goes to corrupt govt. officials.  Now, think about that.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F54VUDPX3E6BQCUR5E3CG3SJMA Jonas

      I agree with you, bro.  Not all doctors and other professionals are tax evaders.  But if we always think that our taxes go to corrupt officials, where can we go?  What hope is left for us?  I pay my tax, am an employee.  It pains me (and I suppose most of us) that there is little I see that serves me even if i pay taxes.  I guess the point here is, let us support what the government is rightfully doing to generate funds to help build our nation and not criticize it.  I can’t blame you or anyone to think that way because most of us grew up in a corrupt environment.  But at least now there is HOPE.

    • http://twitter.com/Balatingaw El Moro

      Years back the doctor of my mother used to drive isuzu high lander and recently a high end volvo. Dati nag bibigay sya samples ngayon hindi na. lahat na for sale at meron sya small botica malapit sa clinic nya (di ba mal practice ito sa profession nila) at meron pa laboratory, one stop shop ika nga.  I noticed in the run down of the bill of my mother when when was hospitalized for almost a month, andami kargado na medicine and supplies na hindi naman ginamit ng mother ko.  Malaki ata pangangailang ni doc to support his life style kaya pati bill de no doctor nya. Take for example, the oxygen, in his bill lumalabas umuubos ang pasyente ko 1 standard tank per day. I challenged the hospital and eventually they reduced the number to half (the content pala of medical gas and that used by welders parehas lang only that medical gas tank are sterilized). Anyway, kilatisin mabuti ang doctor mo kabayan. Pag mataas masyado ang lifestyle, hanap ka ng iba, malamang sipsipin na parang bula nya ang konting budget mo para sa pasyente.

      • http://twitter.com/tomahawkmd DR

        Decades ago, my father worked as a detailman (medrep). During his days, sample medicines were given by the boxes. Nowadays, drug companies just give out 1 or 2 capsules or worse, just ballpens or paperweight or some other small giveaway item.So you see, theres not really much to go around.. And not because a doctor has a pharmacy does it mean that it is already a malpractice.  The oxygen tank that youre complaining about? Not the doctor’s fault. The hospital is the one jacking up the prices of everything from the O2tanks,  medicines, OR fees, and all the other supplies. Doctors are against it. So youre barking at the wrong tree.

      • http://twitter.com/Balatingaw El Moro

        I don’t want to have a debate with you DR here in this thread because we may be OT and the we might be robbing the readers of their time.  But just to explain my experience:

        1.  The doctor is part owner of the hospital.
        2.  He has a clinic apart from the hospital.  Adjacent to his clinic is his small pharmacy where he is the only distributor of the particular brand of medicine he prescribes. I made rounds in all pharmacies in our place, only to find it in the doctor’s pharmacy.
        3.  The nurses and attending physicians took samples from my mother while in the hospital and I have to bring the materials to the doctor’s laboratory (as if I am the messenger of the hospital).

        No argument about the volume of sample medicines given by pharmaceuticals.  You said I am barking at the wrong tree? Am sorry, but that was my experience (sad experience at that) and yours is pure hypothetical as far as may case is concerned.  Peace and may you always be a Good Doctor.

      • http://twitter.com/tomahawkmd DR

        Bal (El Moro), just to give you an insight into what some doctors like me are going through:
        1) The doctor may be part owner, but that doesnt mean that he is the only owner. And USUALLY, doctors are not the ones dictating the prices. I myself try to check the bill of my patient so that they dont get charged for some things which arent used. 2) He may have a pharmacy but then again, you have the choice. Thats what the generics law is there for.3) The hospital to which your mother was confined at was probably a secondary hospital and not a big medical center. Often times, small hospitals have to “send out” some laboratory test in order to have the results immediately since the small hospitals sometimes do not have a complete armamentarium of diagnostics in their facility.Dont get me wrong. I want our country to progress, hence, I want everyone to pay government their due even if sometimes we feel shortchanged ourselves. But let’s not point at doctors only. Its not like we went into this profession just to cheat everyone out of their money. Yes, some doctors do unlawful things, as do people from other profession. But pls, dont single us out. And i dont think its a crime to have a good life. My apologies to you for your unfortunate experience..

  • Anonymous

    Maybe the BIR should install a booth in hospital lobbies to accept reports from patients who are not issued receipts. Move the booth around. One week in St Lukes, another in Makati Medical, etc.  

    • http://twitter.com/tomahawkmd DR

      Why at hospitals only? How about in other establishments? Hardwares, Computer shops, Barber shops, Spas, Tailoring shops, Printing presses, Restaurants.. Every business estrablishment should present their ORs.. not just doctors

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WQN6MMH5HAHJVINENHRW5LM3HU rita p

    Oh please BIR- the crocodiles are bigger inside your office and the House of representatives and the SENATE and don’t forget the MILITARY- some kind of system we have in the Pilipinas kong mahal!!! how shameful

  • Anonymous

    ALL Doctors are Tax Evaders !!!   Catch Them Please!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2BCV2YTRFVA3YOVMAN2A4RFHBM markx

      wrong! not all doctors are tax evaders!

  • Anonymous

    Can you include dentists please. I know one in Marikina who charges a lot for dental services but only issues invoice slips in a piece of recycled paper. The same dental clinic does not like to accept credit cards for obvious reasons that there is a paper trail on credit cards which is taxable. I asked the receptionist one time my son had a root canal and she just gave me “the look” if you know what I mean.

    • http://twitter.com/tomahawkmd DR

      Lets not include dentists only. Lets include everyone.. Doctors, Lawyers, Dentists,  Cab Drivers, Tiangge operators, Pawnshops, Spas.. Lahat!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EXFI4EUGM23PQ4FMQKLVH36OXI Jose

    Good.

    I don’t think I’ve ever gotten a receipt from a doctor that wasn’t working under a health / insurance plan.  I’m pretty sure a very large percentage of Filipino doctors are also tax evaders.

    Less lawyers are, I’d imagine, as many of them have corporate clients.  Still a large number out there though.

  • Anonymous

     Halos lahat ng mga doctor hindi nagbibigay ng recibo kundi hihingin. Kaya madali silang mahuhuli at halos lahat sa kanila dapat kasuhan ng tax evasion.

    Ang dapat gamitin ng BIR  para ma-entrap ang mga doctor ay mga students natin na nangangailangan ng pera.

    Bigyan sila ng reward sa bawat doctor na maisusumbong.

    • Anonymous

      dapat bawat klinika may paskel na malaki na nagsasabi na” Hingin ang  resibo.  ang kanila namang fee ay wala namang tawad.  sa ating mga pasyente o nmamimili  ugaliin nating hingin ito.

  • Anonymous

    NOT ALL DOCTORS ARE TAX EVADERS !!! and tho there are some, not all patients are not given receipts. How i wish you all know the side of the doctors. You only count on how many patients the doctors have. . . only few of these patients pay in full. When the patient is discharged from the hospital, the hospital took the biggest chunk of the patient’s budget. Doctors are the last one to be paid and mostly ended up in a promisory note. Patients asking for a big discounts, paying partial . . . . and never come back.   So don’t put all the blames to the doctors.

  • Anonymous

    And one more thing. It’s ok to pay taxes kung sana nakikita natin kung saan napupunta ang binabayad natin. Pero masakit isipin na malaking nawawala sa pinigpaguran natin na napupunta lang sa mga bonus ng mga big boss ng gobyerno natin. . . .

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NJNV6WMCAJ44FECKWLLVIWGC2E Vic

    These people and many others like them have evaded taxes for too long already. Go get ‘em, Kim.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_433AYTAQRGRQD6CNXQKWD5ZZHY Sword

    I-tax free na lang din ang mga teachers!

  • Anonymous

    more more. ang mga doctors sa madocs sa t.m. kalaw. not issuing receipts.  nandun mga clinic ng odoctors. bir gising.

  • Anonymous

    that`s a good idea that BIR will run after those doctors. i was a victim of a known dentist in makati. i paid 15 THOUSAND PESOS EACH for his work he has done to my 8 teeth and i paid separately all materials used for my crowns for 150 euro each directly paid to the owner of the laboratory. i have still the receipts of the bills i paid to that said doctor tho`it was last 2005. the worst thing was..upon arriving back in europe i got terrible headache due to an infection of my teeth. i went to my dentist here for a check up then my doctor found my gums were rotten due to the presence of pus. he took all what the dentist had done to my teeth and undergone an dental operation. it was a waste of money. but now that i know that i have now the chance to report this dentist to the office of the BIR.. then i am going to report him when i am back in the country.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U34KTDWEA7DGB3NG333A4R2GXA Haku Daten

    Totoo naman yan na may mga Doctors na tax evaders. Ex: Most Hospitals with OPD (Clinics), they never issues receipt naman pag nagpa-check up ka lang. 300-600 per person kada check-up, imagine sa dami ng nagpapa-check-up lang araw-araw… aba malaking buwis nga ang mawawala nyan.

    • http://twitter.com/tomahawkmd DR

      Again, most OPD do not pay doctors by the patient. They give doctors a fixed price per duty. Its the hospitals earning. 

  • Anonymous

    Its high time na implement yan. Kung sino pa ang malalakas kumita sila pa ang nakakalibre sa tax. Comm. Henares paki-check din po yung mga traders sa Divisoria, sales transactions amounting to a hundred thousand or more ay inilalagay lang sa papel ng kalendaryo.

  • Anonymous

    There are bad people and good people,,the bad will finally always get what he deserves,,,”what comes around goes around”

    And finally,,going to church with a double face don´t mean you are safe and forgiven  ;-)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BJWOSERENIZQCR35IJH6SLXBUI cali

    how about BIR investigating their own ranks!!!! Baka makulong sila LAHAT! 

    Kunyari pa kayo mga taga BIR…daig niyo pa si Lolong!

  • Anonymous

    take them to jail or confiscate their property or both, This is the prevailing mentality among high income earners, avoid paying correct taxes, their accountants and lawyers encouraging them as well. Pinoys are wondering why we are the “sick man” of Asia? Moral degradation in every sectors of society, dishonesty in every level of economic ladder, we need to go through a serious reformation as a nation to be able to extricate us from this decay in all fronts. GOD please save us !

  • Alexander Sanosa

    please check also doctors in Philippine heart center. I was a nurse there for many years and I have observed personally their practices of not issuing receipt  to their client. If log books are still there,the BIR can easily pin-point those doctors who intentionally avoid paying proper taxes for many years  We are talking here of hundreds of thousand of  professional fee  which if put together will amount into hundreds of millions. only acknowledgement written in a small paper were being given. The non issuance of receipt was a clear violation of tax law. While those high earning doctors willfully evade paying proper taxes, low income nurses, health aids and other  employees will have their salary deducted even before they got their salary.Those employee which i used to be part of, were not complaining because that was part of our obligation to the government, to pay taxes legally. I did try to report it to BIR hot line, but i think my report fell into some deaf ears of the agency then.
    I think until now tax evasion continue to happens there and  most of the time its an ordinary thing.I am glad that BIR is starting to go after them.

  • Anonymous

    Talaga namang noon pa man yung mga fixed-income earners are palabigasan ng mga kotong sa BIR. Yung mga self-employed mahirap nilang gatasan dahil walang income statements. Eh sila yung malaki ang kita.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lulu-Principe/100000225278015 Lulu Principe

    failure to pay your taxes is a no, no thing in other countries like the united states….pity the philippines. if not corruption in the government  . . . it is . . .   non-payment of taxes by professionals…doctors…lawyers and etc.  kanya-kanyang looting!!! LOL!!!

    • Anonymous

      In Sweden he would get 7-10 years for shore

  • Anonymous

    Yang ‘Pork Barrel” na binibigay sa politicians is the biggest tax evasion of them all. Kasi hindi sinasabi kong saan ginastus ng politican yang perang iyan. Para sa tao yan, pero pag ginastos ng politican yan para bumili ng 2012 Mercedes Benz M -class, then libre na sya sa tax kasi pera ng tao ang ginamit nya. Dapat accounted yan to the last cent.

  • Anonymous

    The move of BIR is right. But the way they do it is wrong, as if the taxpayer cheats.
    If there are discrepancies, the right way to inform them is by correction.
    Just like in the US, tax preparer help taxpayer to reduce taxes which i think is right as long as they can be  explained.

    The aggressive move by the BIR might have repercussion too. These professionals doctors, engineers, lawyers, lawyers might go abroad and work as nurses or caregivers if they give one half of their income to the government.
    Result Brain Drain as they say.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lulu-Principe/100000225278015 Lulu Principe

    the campaign is absolutely commendable and long overdue. i hope it won’t spare the wealthiest and highly-established names in the world of cosmetic surgery…. like dr. bello and dr. calayan.  they are being endorsed by celebrities like ms. kris aquino and mr. boy abunda.  dr. huang operates w/ a small clinic…and is not engaged in such major activities that demand exorbitant/high fees. again…the drive should be fair and will not spare those who are closed to the powerful.   

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YK6C7GLO6AMHC7OPDYVM2VNJXE Sherwin

    At palagay ba natin, pabor sa atin ang move na ito. Magbabayad ang mga yan ng tama dahil dyan. Pero palagay ko dadagdagan lang ng mga doktor at abugado ang bayad sa kanila. kung dati 500, gagawing 700 plus resibo. Eh malaki ang na-invest ng mga iyan bago maging doktor. Pera ni daddy na aabot sa higit sa milyon. Panahon ( bago maging doktor o abugado, dagdag na mga taon sa pag-aaral. ang isang surgeon nasa 30 taong gulang na bago makatitkim ng unang professional fee). Puyat, 10 taong puros puyat sa pag-aaral at duty. Kung ako ay naging doktor o abugado at ganito ang sinakripisyo ko, kesehoda na maniningil ako ng dapat. Kung nag-alaga ka ng manok at panahon na para ibenta, papayag ka bang kalahati lang ang bayad sa iyo.      



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