THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) seized nine cash registry machines (CRM) found to be unregistered with the tax bureau but are being used by shops here that are run by mostly Chinese nationals.

The CRMs were confiscated from stalls at 168 Shopping mall and DCLA along R. Magsaysay Avenue, Wison Shopping Mall along Magallanes Street in Davao City when the BIR in Davao City conducted a Tax-Mapping last August 25-26.

Based on their initial findings, Revenue District Officer Noel B. Gonzales said these three establishments not only have unregistered CRMs but also have unregistered books of accounts and are under-declaring their sales. All these are violations of tax laws.

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"Wala na silang reason para hindi sila maka-comply sa tax laws kasi I have given them notification before we conducted the said tax-mapping (They have no reason not to comply because we have notified them before we conducted the tax mapping)," Gonzales said Tuesday.

He said, three weeks before they went around different establishments, they sent out notices that they will be conducting tax-mapping and that establishments are thus expected to have all their registration requirements in place.

He added that they even made modules in Chinese for the Chinese traders to know the tax laws and how to file the necessary documents.

Gonzales said they are cracking down on establishments that are not strictly following tax laws as they have to hit their P3.1-billion revenue collection target for this year.

This can be achieved through monitoring of tax law compliance, tax collection by industry, and reconciling data of registered business in the city with the actual data of taxpaying business and establishments, Gonzales said.

The officer also reminded the public as for a receipt every time they purchase something.

For complaints on irregularities in receipts, BIR here has a hotline number 301-8894. It can also be reached through mobile phone number 0917-5572594.

Gonzales said the three establishments stand to be sued. He added that tax-mapping does not intend to threaten traders but to ensure that taxes are properly collected. (Jereco O. Paloma)