CTA denies Rappler CEO Ressa’s move to dismiss P70.2-M tax case

CTA denies Rappler CEO Ressa’s move to dismiss P70.2-M tax case

Problems seems to be piling up against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa.
Ressa just lost her motion to dismiss a P70.2-million tax evasion case at the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) for supposedly declaring incorrect tax returns, days before the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested her in a separate criminal case filed by a private complainant.
Rappler's Maria Ressa (photo credit to owner)

The CTA First Division denied Maria Ressa’s urgent motion to quash information and suspend the proceedings against her. 
Ressa argues her case that the tax court has no jurisdiction over her and Rappler Holdings because of a pending motion for reconsideration on indictments filed by the Department of Justice.
An administrative case is also pending against her before the Pasig City Regional Trial Court, which the veteran journalist cited as separate grounds for the CTA not to hear her case, she added.
She also adds that  she did not violated  Sections 254 and 255 of the National Internal Revenue Code by supposedly failing to report total quarterly sales receipts from the issuance and sale of Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDRs) in the second quarter of 2015.
The tax court countered Ressa’s argument in her pending motion for reconsideration as moot since it was already denied on Nov. 29, 2018.
CTA denies Ressa’s motion and finds the charges against her sufficient to stand trial, CTA further states her pending administrative case at the Pasig RTC bears no weight in her tax case.
“As to the pendency of the administrative case against the accused instituted by the BIR, this should not be a bar to the institution of the criminal proceedings before this court as it is well-settled that an assessment is not necessary before a criminal charge for tax evasion may be instituted,” it said

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