FOR the year 2010, the Bureau of Internal Revenue Cordillera Administrative Region promised to intensify its tax campaign this year.

Included in the tax campaign are information drives, establishment of a taxpayer service area, tax dissemination campaign and monitoring.

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Regional Director Norberto Vitug said the BIR will intensify its tax campaign and close establishments which will not issue receipts.

Vitug said BIR will also intensify its tax verification drive.

He added BIR will closely monitor sales of establishments this year.

Vitug advised all illegal businessmen to register their businesses to avoid apprehension and penalties.

"We have talked with the Muslim leaders to advise their members to register their businesses," Vitug said.

Vitug said as early as January, BIR is already monitoring establishments who are falsely reporting their sales.

He added BIR will close more establishments this year as part of its Oplan Kandado Program, if these establishments violate the law.

With regards to the elections, Vitug encouraged all politicians to withhold taxes of their suppliers of goods and services.

Vitug said the elections will help increase the collections this year.

"Of course, we expect an increase because there is increase in services and transactions will increase," Vitug said.

Vitug disclosed the BIR has a collection target of P3.5 billion this year.