Quezon City, 31 March 2010 – The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has ordered the arrest of Richard C. Santos after finding probable cause in the case filed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) against the accused for failure to file income tax return and pay the income tax due for calendar years 2001 to 2004 amounting to P 8.9 Million.

The order was issued by the CTA against accused Richard C. Santos as sole proprietor of Instantaneous Fast Construction Services (FAST CONSTRUCT).

Santos is at large and his whereabouts unknown. His last known address was No. 8 St. Luke St., Barangay Horseshoe Village District 3, Quezon City.

In the Notice of Resolution submitted by the said court last March 22, 2010, the accused was charged for violating Section 51 (provision of filing individual income tax returns) in relation to Section 255 (failure to file and pay the income tax for taxable years 2001 to 2004) of the Tax Code.

Santos has been charged by the BIR before the Department of Justice for unlawful pursuit of business, issuance of unregistered official receipts and invoices, failure to remit taxes withheld, and failure to file income tax and VAT returns and failure to pay the income tax and the VAT for taxable years 2001 to 2004.

Richard C. Santos is the third accused this month to have been ordered arrested by the CTA under the BIR’s re-invigorated Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program. The first two were Jacqueline P. Marzan, President of 8M Realty Corporation, and Clarita De Guzman a.k.a. “Claire De La Fuente,” as a responsible official of Philippine Corinthian Liner Corporation.

“The order by the CTA for the issuance of the warrant of arrest once again clearly validates the merits of the case filed by the BIR against tax evaders. We will not however rest on our successes. We will make sure that eventually, the long arm of the law will catch up with the accused. Our RATE team will settle for no less than a conviction of and jail term for the accused,” BIR Legal & Inspection Group Deputy Commissioner Gregorio V. Cabantac said.