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Court sentences Interjet to pay 689.3 million in outstanding SAT debt

Mexico City, Mexico — The Tax Court of Administrative Justice has sentenced businessmen Miguel Alemán Velasco and Miguel Alemán Magnani to pay the outstanding tax debt for ABC Aerolineas (Interjet).

On Wednesday, by majority vote, magistrates of the Federal Court of Administrative Justice (TFJA) elected that businessmen Miguel Alemán Velasco and his son, Miguel Alemán Magnani, must pay the tax debt.

The debt, which is in excess of 689 million peso, must be paid to the Tax Administration System (SAT) for taxes owing by the company ABC Aerolíneas, known as Interjet, for the fiscal years of 2018 and 2019.

Magistrate Carlos Mena explained that the businessmen challenged an official letter from the Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT) dated April 16, 2020.

“The general administrator of collection of the Tax Administration Service determined that c. Miguel Alemán Velasco, in his capacity as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company ABC Aerolíneas SA de CV, is jointly and severally liable for complying with the amount of the contributions not paid by the aforementioned entity for the amount of 689,369,088 pesos for the concept of Income Tax and Value Added Tax corresponding to the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years.”

Tribunal Fiscal de Justicia Administrativa (TFJA) Magistrate, Carlos Mena, said that the businessmen claimed that they could not be considered joint administrators, arguments, he said, which were unfounded.

“In the records, it was proven that citizen Miguel Alemán Velasco, since its constitution, has been part of the Board of Directors of ABC Aerolíneas SA de CV in his capacity as president, and Miguel Alemán Magnani holds the position of vice president of the Board of Directors, the latter, in addition, with the position of general director, who had powers of administration and control as verified by the analysis of the articles of incorporation of the aforementioned company,” he said.

Earlier this week, Rogelio Jiménez Pons, the Undersecretary of Transport, said that as long as Intejet owes money, they will not be able to fly. The warning came days before the inauguration of the new AIFA airport in Mexico City where the company says, they have applied for permits.