The Director of SRI, Carlos Marx Carrasco presented yesterday to the press the top 100 business groups that have tax debts, highlighting the 10 biggest debts. Among those are the ones of Andes Petroleum, Exportadora Bananera Noboa, Banco del Pichincha, Corporacion Rosado, Cerveceria Nacional, Grupo Nobis, etc. The businessmen are concerned that the IRS have published debts that are challenged, that is still debated in the courts, therefore these are not firm debts with the SRI that can be charged and that he did it on the campaign period.
Antonio Acosta general manager of Banco del Pichincha explained that in the last five years the amount of paid taxes was $ 92 million annually. “The IRS has arbitrarily established the differences to pay through glosses about the amount declared by the bank,” he said, noting that the IRS determined the amount of $ 68 million, and not $ 132 million, as it has published now.
In the case of Bananera Exportadora Noboa, the company attorney Fernando Alarcon reemphasized that the gloss imposed is an invention of SRI to pursue the businessman Alvaro Noboa, a candidate for the presidency of Ecuador. “They have invented a gloss of 99 million dollars for the 2005 taxes, however in that year Bananera Noboa sold $ 250 million less than Dole, the company that export more in Ecuador and that year it paid only $ 700,000 in taxes,” denounced Alarcon, who added that “now they keep adding more glosses that reach $ 262 million.”
Entrepreneurs see with great concern the way the director of SRI, Karl Marx, is acting, since he is obliged to respect the law and let the courts decide on any disputes. Have published as debtors of the treasury to respectable companies, that affect their good name and violates fundamental rights, they said.