By Anna Leah Gonzales

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MANILA – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Thursday filed criminal cases before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against the corporate officers and accountant of a trading company for using more than PHP200 million worth of fake receipts.

In a statement, the BIR said the company used these fake receipts by claiming them as part of its cost of sales for the taxable year 2021.

The accountant of the company supplied the receipts of fake businesses owned by her relatives.

The corporate officers and accountant of the trading company will be facing a set of criminal cases, including the owners of the fake business that provided the fake receipts.

“The use of fraudulent receipts, whether it be fake receipts or ghost receipts, is tax evasion. This case is particularly deceitful because it was the company accountant who provided for a way to get fake receipts,” BIR Commissioner Romeo Lumagui Jr. said.

“The company accountant conspired with her relatives to create fake businesses so the company can use the fake receipts of those businesses in claiming expenses. As early as 2023 we have warned business owners not to follow the advice of crooked accountants. The BIR will make sure you will share a jail cell with them,” he added. (PNA)