Working on a deadline: DOJ targets to finish probe on Prieto’s Dunkin’ Donuts franchise by August

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday remained hopeful that it could finish by August its investigation into the P1-billion tax evasion complaint lodged against the Prieto-owned local franchise operator of Dunkin Donuts.

Assistant State Prosecutor Charlie Guhit disclosed this as he ordered the respondents to file their respective rejoinders by July 3.

Furthermore, Guhit said parties will file their respective memorandum, afterwards, the case is deemed submitted for resolution.

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) filed last Feb. 23 a complaint before the DoJ against Golden Donuts Inc. (GDI) for allegedly under-declaring its sales in 2007, thus, owing the government a total of P1,118,331,640.79 in taxes inclusive of surcharges and interests.

In its complaint, the BIR accused the GDI of committing Willful Attempt to Evade or Defeat Tax and for Deliberate Failure to Supply Correct and Accurate Information in GDI’s Income Tax Return (ITR) and Quarterly Value Added Tax Return (VAT) in violation o Sections 254 and 255 in relation to Section 253(d) and 256 o the National Internal Revenue Code o (NIRC) of 1997.

The BIR named as respondents in its complaint GDI’s executives, namely, president Walter Spakowski, treasurer Miguel Prieto, chief financial officer Pedro Paraiso, and vice-president for finance and administration Jocelyn Santos.

The case was filed after the BIR conducted an investigation over the confidential information it received that GDI made substantial under-declaration on its sales.

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