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PIA Press Release
2009/02/14

BIR Commissioner launches "Oplan Kandado" in Cordillera

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (14 February) -- Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Atty Sixto S. Esquivas IV personally visited Baguio City Thursday to brief media and BIR officials in the region about the bureau's new program "Oplan Kandado."

According to Esquivas,the bureau in the past years has been lenient on erring taxpayers, through its various administrative amnesty programs. Now it's high time to show the tax-paying public the capability of the bureau to go after errant taxpayers and punished them accordingly, through closure.

The Commissioner explained that by giving amnesty, taxpayers are getting bolder and bolder (in not paying taxes or the correct taxes) and this has to be stopped, as this is not his idea on how tax authority should do his job. He also cited that for the past five-years of implementation of the Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program of the bureau, there are still no single conviction.

"This is the reason why Oplan Kandado was born, it is high time that we show the tax-paying public, that the bureau has the capability to detect tax evader schemes or those who are not paying their tax properly. It's time for us to show that BIR has the political will to see to it that errant taxpayers are punished accordingly," Esquivas said.

Under Oplan Kandado, any establishments or business could face closure or suspension of operations, if they will be caught for non-compliance in: issuance of receipts, filling of returns, declaration of taxable transactions, taxpayer registration, and in paying the correct amount of taxes, as mandated by the norms/standards of their particular line of business.

Esquivas assured that he will fully back-up everyone on the implementation of this program and he also warn that whoever obstacle comes in the way of its implementation will be dealt accordingly.

Esquivas also personally appealed to the BIR officials and employees in the region to do their best effort to implement "Oplan Kandado" properly because they need this program very badly, as their credibility and the success of the bureau depends on it.

In a separate interview, BIR Cordillera Director Atty. Norberto Vitug confirmed their readiness in implementing the program, as they are already starting their benchmarking and investigations. (PIA) [top]

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