Businessman Mel V. Velarde (front left) receives the Top Taxpayer Award for 2009 from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) after his company, Velarde Inc. was recently awarded by the BIR as Top ONETT Taxpayer for Revenue Region No. 8, with the highest tax payment for calendar year 2009. The Top ONETT Taxpayer Award is given to the one that paid the highest amount of tax for a ‘one time transaction.’ BIR Revenue Region 8 covers the cities of Makati, Pasay, Muntinlupa, Paranaque, Las Pinas, Taguig and Pateros. Established in October 1999, Velarde, Inc. is the holding company that acts as the vehicle for most of the awardee’s investments. The plaque of recognition was received by Mel V. Velarde on the occasion of RR-8 Makati Tax Campaign Launching at the Makati Sports Club on Feb 5, 2010.
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