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Shell countersuit will not deter gov’t from pursuing tax evaders – Palace

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Despite the counter-charges filed by Pilipinas Shell against officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC), the Aquino Administration is determined to curb smuggling and plug leakages in revenue collection.

In a news briefing in Malacanang, Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said not even the move of the giant multinational will deter the government from waging an all-out war against smugglers and tax evaders.

“It will not be an obstacle (for government) to catch tax evaders and smugglers,” she said referring to the counter suit filed by Pilipinas Shell against the BOC which had earlier slapped a P24.5 billion tax evasion case against the petroleum company.

Valte recalled that President Benigno S. Aquino III, in his inaugural address, said he will strengthen collections by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and fight corruption in the BOC to fund projects for public welfare such as health and education.

In the President’s State of the Nation Address last July 26, Valte recalled, the President identified smuggling as one of the key issues he will address.
Curbing the menace, which has been estimated to cost the government more than P100 billion in lost revenue, he said, will significantly reduce the budget deficit.

Last week, the BOC filed charges against Pilipinas Shell for allegedly not paying excise and value added taxes (VAT) for import shipments of catalytic cracked gasoline (CCG) or light catalytic cracked gasoline (LCCG), which it allegedly “misclassified” as tetra-propyle,

Pilipinas Shell said on Tuesday it will file a case against “corrupt and incompetent” Customs officials who misled the Aquino administration into filing the tax evasion case against the oil company. (PCOO/PIA9-BST)




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