Osmeña sues security agency for false income declaration
Another tax-related complaint was filed by Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña this time against a security agency, which once was contracted by City Hall, for alleged undeclared and/or falsified gross income.
Osmeña filed a judicial affidavit-complaint before the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office against GDS Security and Detective Agency, Inc. for allegedly falsifying documents and under-declaring their gross receipts/sales for 2015, to decrease and evade their business tax liability.
According to Osmeña, GDS Security, in its application for renewal of their business permit, under-declared its gross sales for 2015 at P14,241,096.27, which was assessed by City Hall, with P106,808.22 as its business tax.
The amount, however, did not coincide with the amount the company declared in its annual income tax return for the year, filed with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), which was P19,379,913.00.
Moreover, during that year, the Cebu City government contracted the services of GDS Security and paid the company P32,725,231.58 that year through 26 Banco de Oro and Land Bank of the Philippines checks.
“It must be emphasized that this aforecited amount only pertains to the Gross Income earned by GDS for its Security Services rendered to the City Government of Cebu alone and does not include income earned by GDS for the sale of its services to its other clients,” the mayor’s judicial affidavit read.
Bank statements show that all of the checks have already been encashed/deposited by GDS Security and had been debited from the account of the city government.
“Hence, for the year 2015, it is impossible for herein GDS to be able to declare the amount of P14,241,096.27 as its gross sales/receipts in its application form for renewal of its business permit or P19,379,913.00 as its gross sales in its annual income tax return and statements of income when, as a matter of fact, it had actually received a total of P32,725,231.58 from the City Government of Cebu in the same year,” Osmeña said in his affidavit.
To further drive his point, Osmeña said in his affidavit that “GDS itself submitted its statement of all government and private contracts completed which are similar in nature” and that the company “undeniably stated” that it had completed 100 percent of its contract with Cebu Port Authority in the amount of P36,676,063.82 for the period between January 1, 2015, and December 1, 2015.
“Clearly, it cannot be denied that regardless of whether GDS is using Cash or Accrual basis, it has indeed under-declared its Gross Sales/Receipts for the year 2015,” said Osmeña.
Aside from the Cebu City government and the Cebu Port Authority, GDS Security also had a P3.7-million contract with Cebu Normal University for October 16, 2015 to October 15, 2016; P29.4-million contract with Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority for September 16, 2015 to September 15, 2016; P43.4-million contract with Metropolitan Cebu Water District for August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2016; and a P1.2-million contract with A.D. Gothong Manufacturing Corporation between January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.
Named respondents in the mayor’s complaint are the board members of GDS Security as its representatives, namely Benjamin Y. Sun Sr., Dominga T. Sun, Abigail T. Sun, Marjorie Ann Sun-Ng, and Benedict T. Sun.
The management of GDS Security is set to issue a formal statement next week on the tax fraud case filed against them by Osmeña.
In a phone interview with CDN, GDS operations manager Raul Rendon said they have not yet received a formal copy of the complaint filed by the mayor against them and still have no idea as to the basis of the complaint.
“The right person that can give a comment is our general manager. He is still out of town. We will have a statement by Monday,” Rendon said.
Rendon said GDS has been in existence for over 20 years and that they now have around 800 security personnel serving different offices and establishments in the city.
Most of the offices they serve are government agencies including Cebu City Hall.
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