Singer Claire Dela Fuente was found guilty of tax evasion.
Dela Fuente, dubbed by some as the Philippines’ version of Karen Carpenter, was convicted for seven counts of tax evasion,
It is after failing to make and file the income tax returns of her bus firm.
The special court ruled that Dela Fuente failed for seven years to file the income tax.
Dela Fuente, whose real name is Clarita de Guzman, was charged by the Bureau of Internal Revenue for tax evasion in 2009. She has denied all of the charges and said her company only started its operations in 2005.
But the court dismissed her claim when the BIR presented PCLC’s records filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The court also ignored the PCLC’s 2005 BIR registration presented during the trial which was described by revenue lawyers as spurious.
Meanwhile, PCLC was also found guilty of violating the country’s tax code and was ordered to pay 150,000 pesos.
The CTA also ordered Dela Fuente to pay a fine of P50,000 with subsidiary imprisonment.
The PCLC is engaged with transport and shuttle service.
It is also a business carrier, and hauling, vulcanizing, auto repair, auto-building, manufacture, fabrication of chassis body and other auto parts and accessories, and other related business.
PCLC stemmed from the non-filing of income tax returns of the bus company from 1998 to 2004.
Known for her sweet voice, de la Fuente first became famous in the 1970s for her jukebox songs. She recorded a total of eight albums in her career and occasionally appears in public to perform.
In 2011, the government permanently canceled her bus company’s license to operate after it participated in a 2010 transport strike that left hundreds of commuters stranded in Metro Manila.
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