BIR padlocks city tire shop

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Saturday, April 19, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Officials of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) padlocked Wednesday a vulcanizing and tire supply shop along MacArthur Highway in Barangay San Isidro for under declaration of sales.

The Valentino Vulcanizing and Tire Supply was temporarily closed for alleged violation of section 115 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 or Under Declaration of Sales by more than 30 percent.

BIR Revenue Region-4 Regional Director Araceli Francisco told Sun.Star Pampanga that the establishment was closed due to its failure, refusal or neglect to pay the proper taxes.

“Meron silang under declaration and they were not able to pay the deficiency and tax liability. Actually, meron pa mga iba na pinadalan natin ng VAT compliance notice and if they do not pay, makakandado din sila eventually,” she said.

Francisco together with Assistant Regional Director Conrado Lee, Revenue District Officer Consuelo De Asis and Assistant Revenue District Officer Vicente Gamad Jr. implemented the closure order, which was signed by Deputy Commissioner Nelson Aspe, head of the operations group of the BIR National Office in Quezon City.

Francisco added the closure order is only temporary and if the said establishment would settle at least 10 percent of the tax obligation, the closure order would be lifted. However, he said the remaining 20 percent must also be settled eventually.

“They (business establishments} should declare the correct tax. It is really sad to say that there are establishments na malalaki ang under declaration nila. Initiall, we send letters to those who have bad compliance. We are advising them na paki-review nila and if they feel na meron under declaration, they should amend and correct it para di na sila masama sa Oplan Kandado namin,” she said.

She added that since March and April, they have sent notices to several establishments to remind them to declare the proper sales and pay the correct taxes.

Francisco said the Oplan Kandado will go full blast in other districts as well. “As much as possible ayaw naming mag Oplan Kandado kaya mag declare na lang sila ng tamangf sales at bayaran ang tamang buwis.”

She also advised tax payers to report or give justification if their sales have gone down due to some reasons, adding that their office do accept and evaluate such reasons.

Meanwhile, De Asis revealed that in this city alone, some 50 percent of business establishments “are not paying the right taxes.”

“Marami sa mga ito ang hindi nagbabayad ng tamang buwis. Ang pakiusap namin ay mag issue sila ng official receipt at sales invoice para hindi sila masasama sa Oplan Kandado,” De Asis said.

The padlock was conducted by officials of the BIR Revenue Region No. 4 and Revenue District Office No. 21B South Pampanga. (Chris Navarro)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 20, 2014.

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