Friday, March 1, 2013

Model Shop Casting Studio Faces Court Case

The Bureau of Internal Revenue Thursday filed before the Department of Justice today tax evasion charges worth P11.1 million against a Makati City-based casting agency and a trader in Laguna.

In a press conference, BIR Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares said they charged Angelica Bonnevie Mara, sole proprietress of Model Shop Casting Studio, for violation of Sections 254 and 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code or willful attempt to evade taxes and failure to supply the bureau with correct and accurate information on her tax returns.

MSCS casts actors and models to be featured in television advertisements and its clients include Jollibee, BayanTel, ChowKing, Ajinomoto, Avon, Colgate-Palmolive Philippines, GMA Network, Tupperware, United Laboratories and Universal Robina Corp.

It also lists advertising agencies Publicis Jimenez Basic Inc., BBDO Guerrero, Inc. and Campaigns & Grey, Inc. among its clients.

The BIR's system that compares the withholding tax payments of corporations with the tax returns of its suppliers detected the discrepancy in the tax returns of MSCS.

Henares said MSCS declared revenues of only P3.51 million but its clients showed payments of at least P6.371 million.

She added the underdeclaration amounts to over 81% and constitutes prima facie evidence of fraud.

The BIR computed MSCS' deficiency tax liability at P6.61 million, including surcharges and interests.

Henares said they also filed tax evasion charges against Jera Marketing, Inc. and its president, Ester R. Almendrala.

She added Jera Marketing, a trading company in San Pedro, Laguna, was charged for willful failure to pay tax in 2006 or violating Section 255 of the NIRC.

The BIR had issued Jera Marketing a letter of authority to present its records for the verification of its returns in October 2007.

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