Richard Gutierrez answers BIR's tax evasion allegations

ACTOR Richard Gutierrez on Thursday filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) his answer to the P38.57 million tax complaint filed against him and his production company for allegedly underdeclaring sales in 2012.

State Prosecutor Christine Ferolino, the prosecutor assigned to the case, received Gutierrez' counter-affidavit on Thursday afternoon, days ahead of the July 18 preliminary investigation on the tax evasion complaint filed against him by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

Gutierrez was accompanied by his mother Anabelle Rama when he reaffirmed his counter-affidavit.

The complaint filed by the BIR accused Gutierrez of uderdeclaring his production company's sales in 2012 worth P39.6 million and failing to file an annual income tax return (ITR) and two quarterly value added tax returns (VAT) in the same year.

Gutierrez's lawyer Marie Glen Abraham-Garduque in an interview after the filing said the BIR erroneously computed the taxes paid by Gutierrez' firm.

"If you will compute the taxes filed by R Gutz (Gutierrez's company) for the year 2012, it covers the whole 39 million that was allegedly underdeclared," the lawyer said.

She also said they have attached in Gutierrez' affidavit "stamped" copies of the firm's ITR for the year 2012 as well as the 2nd and 4th quarter VAT returns which the BIR said Gutierrez failed to file.

Gutierrez when interviewed by the media said his company filed correct taxes to the government.

"As far as I am concerned my company filed and paid the proper taxes to the government," he said. (SunStar Philippines)