Prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Rappler before CTA

Prosecutors of the Department of Justice (DOJ) have filed multiple tax evasion charges against news website Rappler before the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA).

According to CTA online records, Rappler Holdings Corporation and Maria Ressa, the website’s chief executive officer and executive editor, were charged with three counts of failure to supply correct information in their tax returns, in violation of Section 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC)

Ressa and the company were also charged with one count of willful attempt to evade tax under Section 254 of the NIRC.

The DOJ, in its October 2 resolution ordering the filing of the charges, said Rappler gained P162.5 million when it issued its now-controversial Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDRs) in 2015. However, this was allegedly not reflected in its tax returns.

Rappler had drawn President Rodrigo Duterte’s ire for reporting on his bloody war on drugs and his administration’s corruption issues.

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