The director of Internal Revenue Service Leonardo Orlando said that this week a new list of more than 500 ghost companies that sold invoices so that taxpayers can simulate payments for tax evasion, will be disseminated. Last week, the Prosecutor’s Office and the IRS uncovered one of the largest networks of tax fraud in Ecuador, which operated with the facade of 64 ghost companies (see chart) that sold invoices.
The amount of damage is four times the damage caused by the Odebrecht plot. “Only in this network, we would be talking about 6,000 taxpayers. We must break the trap of informality,” Orlando said. The official said that they are fighting this form of corruption of private origin and that it could have an impact on other crimes, even with the participation of public officials. The network, led by Jaime G., would have established 64 ghost companies that issued invoices for 5,954 customers for an amount of more than $ 596 million, which is translated into $ 200 million evaded.
For this reason, he warned that all taxpayers involved will be prosecuted criminally and administratively. “We have identified at least 3 important networks. In Manabí we dismantled one, run by a natural person. (I)