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G.R. No.

193301 March 11, 2013
MINDANAO II GEOTHERMAL PARTNERSHIP, Petitioner,
vs.
COMMISSIONER OF INTERNAL REVENUE, Respondent

FACTs:

Mindanao I and II (Mindanao) are value-added taxpayers, and Block Power
Production Facilities accredited by the Department of Energy. They had a Build-
Operate-Transfer contract with the Philippine National Oil Corporation–Energy
Development Company (PNOC-EDC), whereby Mindanao converts steam supplied to it
by PNOC-EDC into electricity, and then delivers the electricity to the National Power
Corporation (NPC) in behalf of PNOC-EDC.
The Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2000 (EPIRA, RA 9136), amended the
Tax Reform Act of 1997 (RA 8424), when it decreed that sales of power by generation
companies shall be subjected to a zero rate of VAT. Pursuant to EPIRA, Mindanao I
and II filed their claims for the issuance of tax credit certificates on unutilized or excess
input taxes from their sales of generated power and delivery of electric capacity and
energy to NPC.
The CTA En Banc denied Mindanao II’s claims for refund tax credit for the first
and second quarters of 2003, and Mindanao I’s claims for refund/tax credit for the first,
second, third, and fourth quarters of 2003, for being filed out of time .

The CTA First Division tabulated the dates of filing of Mindanao II’s return as well as its administrative and
judicial claims, and concluded that Mindanao II’s administrative and judicial claims were timely filed in
compliance with this Court’s ruling in Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corporation v.
Commissioner of Internal Revenue (Atlas).14 The CTA First Division declared that the two-year prescriptive
period for filing a VAT refund claim should not be counted from the close of the quarter but from the date of
the filing of the VAT return. As ruled in Atlas, VAT liability or entitlement to a refund can only be determined
upon the filing of the quarterly VAT return.

Mindanao II’s judicial claims were filed beyond the period allowed in Sec. 112(A),
by which the reckoning of the two-year prescriptive period for filing the application for
refund or credit of input VAT attributable to zero-rated sales or effectively zero-rated
sales shall be counted from the close of the taxable quarter when the sales were made
(regardless of whether the tax was actually paid), according to CIR v. Mirant Pagbilao
Corporation (Mirant). Also, the sale of the fully-depreciated Nissan Patrol is incidental
to Mindanao II’s VAT zero-rated transactions and is VATable pursuant to Sec. 105.
Mindanao I’s claims for the first, second, third and fourth quarters of 2003 were
filed out of time. Section 229 is inapplicable in light of Mirant. Moreover, the procedure
prescribed under Section 112(C) should be followed first before the CTA En Banc can
act on Mindanao I’s claim.

Mindanao I and II went up to the Supreme Court arguing that their claims were
timely filed pursuant to the case of Atlas, which was then the controlling ruling at the

which uses the close of the taxable quarter when the sales were made as the reckoning date in counting the two-year prescriptive period. not from the close of the taxable quarter when the sales involving the input VAT were made. (2) The CIR has 120 days from the date of submission of complete documents in support of the administrative claim within which to decide whether to grant a refund or issue a tax credit certificate. neither case had been promulgated. because when Mindanao II and Mindanao I filed their respective administrative and judicial claims in 2005. Atlas was promulgated on 8 June 2007. however. (3) A judicial claim must be filed with the CTA within 30 days from the receipt of the CIR’s decision denying the administrative claim or from the expiration of the 120-day period without any action from the CIR. . as an exception to the mandatory and jurisdictional 120+30 day periods. The Mirant case. can rely on BIR Ruling No. DA-489-03 from the time of its issuance on 10 December 2003 up to its reversal by this Court in Aichi on 6 October 2010. as follows: (1) An administrative claim must be filed with the CIR within two years after the close of the taxable quarter when the zero-rated or effectively zero-rated sales were made. cannot be applied retroactively to their prejudice. then the administrative claim may be considered to be denied by inaction. Mirant on 12 September 2008. Besides.time of the filing. The 120-day period may extend beyond the two- year period from the filing of the administrative claim if the claim is filed in the later part of the two-year period. the 120+30 day periods. The Atlas doctrine did not interpret. If the 120-day period expires without any decision from the CIR. Atlas merely stated that the two-year prescriptive period should be counted from the date of payment of the output VAT. Issue: Whether the reckoning date for counting the two-year prescriptive period in Section 112 should be counted from the end of the taxable quarter when the sales were made (Mirant) or the date of filing the return (Atlas)? RULING: Neither Atlas nor Mirant applies. VAT as provided in Section 112 of the 1997 Tax Code. expressly or impliedly. (4) All taxpayers.