Richard Gutierrez seeks dismissal of P38M tax evasion case

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"Richard is asking the DOJ to dismiss the complaint filed by BIR against him and his company R Gutz Productions... With respect to the PHP38.57 taxes that allegedly not paid, Richard vehemently denies this. This computation is premised on the false allegation that R Gutz did not file its VAT returns for 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarters [of 2012]," said Richard Gutierrez's legal counsel, Atty. Abraham-Garduque, in a statement sent to PEP.ph today, July 13. 


Hiniling ni Richard Gutierrez na ibasura ng Department of Justice (DOJ) ang isinampang tax evasion case ng Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) laban sa kanya.

Ito ay sa kadahilanang hindi raw totoo ang alegasyong hindi siya nakapagbayad ng buwis na may kabuuang halagang P38.57 million noong 2012.

Sangkot din sa kaso ang pag-aaring production company ni Richard, ang R Gutz Productions, dahil sa diumano’y "underdeclared sales" sa isinumite nitong VAT returns noon ding 2012. 

Pahayag ni Atty. Marie Abraham-Garduque, legal counsel ni Richard, “With respect to the PHP38.57 [million] taxes that allegedly not paid, Richard vehemently denies this.

“This computation is premised on the false allegation that R Gutz did not file its VAT returns for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters [of 2012].   

“BIR arrived at said computation because it only considered the sales declared by R Gutz in the VAT returns it filed on the first quarter of 2012, which according to them is the only VAT return filed by R Gutz.”

Nakapanayam ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ang legal counsel ng aktor sa pamamagitan ng palitan ng text messages ngayong Huwebes ng gabi, Hulyo 13.

Kinumpirma ng abugada na pormal na isinumite ni Richard ang counter-affidavit nito sa DOJ ngayong araw.

Kalakip daw nito ang mga dokumentong magpapatunay na nagbayad ng karampatang buwis ang La Luna Sangre actor.

Dito ay nakasaad na nagbayad ang aktor ng VAT returns na nagkakahalaga ng P311,111.12 sa first quarter; P28,330,707.08 sa second quarter; P8,243,529.29 sa third quarter; at P3,030,588.18 sa fourth quarter ng 2012.

Paliwanag ni Atty. Abraham-Garduque, “However, it is established in Richard's counter affidavit that aside from the VAT return for the 1st quarter, it also filed the VAT returns for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters of 2012.

“Thus, if you will compute the sales declared in the VAT returns of R Gutz from 1st to 4th quarters of 2012, it already covered the PHP38.57M which allegedly not paid.

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“Hence, there is no tax evasion.”

Inalmahan din ng legal counsel ng aktor ang diumano’y kawalan ng due process sa pagsampa ng reklamo ng BIR laban sa kanyang kliyente.

“In fact, most of the time BIR issues subpoena duces tecum to a taxpayer first so it can examine its books and other documents to correctly ascertain its tax dues. 

“BIR also conducts informal conference with the taxpayer before initiating any further legal action but these proceedings were not accorded to Richard and R Gutz Productions.

“Hence, Richard moves for the dismissal of the complaint.”


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