Saturday, 18 March 2023 02:52

Ministerio de Hacienda presented three cases of alleged tax evasion to the FGR

Written by Evelyn Alas

For years, crimes against the Ministerio de Hacienda prevented many salvadorans from having decent education, health and security services. Now the Central Government is reversing those damages.

The Fiscalía General de la República (FGR) reported progress in criminal proceedings against people who did not pay their taxes in accordance with the law. On march 15, in the afternoon, the Fiscalía General de la República presented the requirements against Yessika Beatriz Zumba de Lemus, Ana Lorena Amaya Turcios and José Raúl Castaneda Villacorta, "for tax evasion and acts of corruption they committed through their businesses", stated the institution.

Zumba de Lemus omitted the payment of US$2.6 million in Income Tax (ISR) in the 2018 fiscal year. Amaya Turcios, a merchant, is accused of failing to settle US$333,034.56 for ISR in 2014. While Castaneda Villacorta, legal representative of Castaneda Ingenieros, evaded US$451,711.46 in VAT, and also failed to report tax withholdings estimated at US$5,333.39.

"These three mentioned above, which correspond to evasion, is in conjunction with the Ministerio de Hacienda (MH), which is being carried out with the Anti-Evasion Plan", said the prosecutor in the case, whose identity is not being revealed for security reasons.

One of the components of this fight against tax crimes is carried out by the Dirección General de Aduanas (DGA), a dependency of the Treasury, with the Anti-smuggling Plan. On march 15, 2023, the DGA reported the seizure in Santa Ana of 170,000 cigarettes and two vehicles worth $30,412.43. In the same matter, three people were arrested on suspicion of smuggling goods.

Thanks to the recovery of funds, which are reaching the State's coffers, there is sufficient backing for the support of public security actions, the delivery of computers and tablets, attention in health centers throughout the territory, among other plans and works for the benefit of the population.

Efforts to combat tax evaders have gained an important relevance within the Central Government administration, every week companies or individuals who had been evading, for years, the payment of taxes are publicly presented.


Translated by: A.M