The Bureau of Internal Revenue(BIR) Thursday filed before the Department of Justice tax evasion cases amounting to at least P31.23 million against popular basketball players Jim Olmedo Alapag and Jared Ryan Dillinger and a bookkeeper from Malolos City, Bulacan.
Alapag and Dillinger both play professionally for Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters of Smart Communications.
Investigation showed that Alapag earned close to P4 million from PLDT in 2007.
His earnings from Smart amounted to P8.77 million in 2012 and the BIR placed his total income as a professional basketball player at P32.28 million.
According to the BIR, Alapag failed to file his income tax returns for taxable years 2007 to 2010 and he also failed to file his value added tax returns from 2007 to 2012.
The BIR computed Alapag's tax deficiency at P17.86 million for the same taxable period, inclusive of surcharges and interests.
On the other hand, Dillinger earned P694,000 from PLDT in 2008.
His earnings from Smart amounted to P6.48 million in 2012 and the BIR's investigation showed his income as a basketball player has totalled P22.19 million.
Dillinger did not file his ITRs from 2008 to 2011 and he also did not file his percentage tax return for 2008.
The BIR said he also failed to file his VAT returns from 2009 to 2012.
It computed Dillinger's tax deficiency at P13.37 million, inclusive of surcharges and interests.
The BIR also filed tax evasion cases against Annalyn D. Forbes, a bookkeeper based in Malolos City, for unlawful pursuit of business and making it appear she filed the tax returns of her clients.
The cases against Forbes stemmed when the BIR's system flagged two of her clients who were then informed by the BIR they have both failed to pay and file their taxes.
Forbes' clients, Jam Cris Trading Machine Surplus in Malolos City and Circle A Grocer in Hagonoy, Bulacan presented their records to the BIR together with their filed tax returns and machine validated receipts of their tax payments.
Upon verification, the supposed tax returns filed by Forbes were not among the list of tax returns received by the Land Bank of the Philippines and were not among the transactions included in the tax payments forms batch control sheet reports submitted by Land Bank to the concerned BIR Revenue District Office.