Never having heard perhaps that non-payment of deficiency taxes is a crime, another security agency is now facing criminal charges for tax evasion before the Department of Justice (DOJ) after the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) today trained its “legal guns” on it for obstinately failing and refusing to pay its long overdue 2006 deficiency tax assessments, despite repeated demands.

Charged before the DOJ were TRINITY INVESTIGATION & SECURITY AGENCY CORPORATION (Trinity) and its responsible corporate officers – President Honesto F. Lirag and Vice-President for Finance/Corporate Secretary Ofelia L. Calpito. Trinity is a domestic corporation with principal office at No. 141 Governor Pascual Avenue, Acacia, Malabon City. Trinity is the second security agency after Icon Security and Investigation Agency, Inc. to be sued under the Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) Program of the tax agency.

Based on third party information used by BIR investigators to determine the tax liabilities of Trinity after the latter failed to present the required documents, Trinity is being sued for the non-payment of deficiency corporate taxes in the aggregate amount of P76,047,589.13, inclusive of incremental penalties, broken down as follows: Income Tax – P55,675,272.31: Value-Added Tax – P20,278,366.10; Expanded Withholding Tax – P85,450.72; and Compromise Penalty – P8,500.00.

Records of investigation show that in spite of repeated demands from the BIR, including the service of the preliminary collection notice and the collection letter after the assessment issued against it has become final, due and demandable, Trinity has still failed and refused to pay the said deficiency taxes.

The case against Trinity Investigation & Security Agency Corporation and its responsible corporate officers is the seventeenth (17th) filed under the RATE program of the BIR under the leadership of Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares. It is likewise the second RATE case of Revenue Region No. 5, Caloocan City. (reytdlc)

Taxpayer Information & Education Division

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