Offensive Against Tax Evaders Continues
SAN JUAN – Treasury Secretary Juan Zaragoza and Attorney General César Miranda announced Tuesday that 21 new tax evasion cases have been referred to the Justice Department and charges have been filed against a corporation and its president for failing to remit the sales and use tax (IVU by its Spanish acronym) to Treasury.
Zaragoza said he is sending four cases to the Justice Department against individuals and corporations responsible for the illegal appropriation of some $3 million in IVU they retained from customers and did not remit to the Treasury. In addition, 17 cases against individuals for failing to file their income tax returns for the past five years and “who personally benefited from nearly $500,000 corresponding to taxes owed,” a statement reads. Among the aforementioned cases, two of the companies were embargoed as part of Treasury’s operation.
Among the cases referred to the Justice Department are a menswear store that did not remit to Treasury $870,211.38 in withheld IVU during taxable years 2012 to 2015; a company that operates several restaurants, for IVU evasion during taxable years 2011 to 2015, for a total $1,141,938.68; and a company dedicated to the decoration of special events, for avoiding paying $297,607.25 in IVU between taxable years 2012 to 2015.
The Justice Department also announced the filing of 28 charges against María Milagros Ortiz, president of the “Bambi” store in Humacao, and against the corporation for failing to remit $455,244 in charged IVU to Treasury from May 2013 to September 2015.