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BIR implements "Oplan Kandado" nationwide

Pagadian City (9 July) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) implements "Oplan Kandano" nationwide wherein business operations of non-compliant taxpayers will be suspended and their establishments temporarily closed if they will be found to have violated certain tax laws.

Commissioner Sixto Esquivias IV directed all concerned revenue officials to intensify the collection of unpaid taxes due from taxpayers who have filed their tax returns via the BIRís Electronic Filing and Payment System.

According to the Commissioner, with the implementation of "Oplan Kandado" which started last January 2009, the bureau has already padlocked 12 business establishments which were found to have violated tax laws.

In compliance to the directive, Assistant Revenue District Officer Rodrigo Calib of RDO-92, this city, in an interview with PIA said their office has conducted surveillance activities on all business establishments to check if there are tax violators.

Calib said, if an establishment is found violating certain tax laws such as declaring more than 30 percent below the actual tax due, the owner shall be given a chance to change or amend the declared tax due. If in case the owner refuses to comply with the request of the district office, the business establishment shall be padlocked.

Due to the limited examiners in the district office, BIR officials conducted a dialogue with businessmen asking them for an increase in their voluntary compliance, Calib stressed.

In order to increase tax collections, revenue officials also urged all government withholding agents particularly those in the different government offices and local government units down to the barangay level to religiously remit their tax collection to the concerned revenue district office, Calib added.

To check taxpayersí compliance with certain income tax regulations, Esquivias has ordered concerned revenue offices to immediately conduct pre-audit of annual income tax returns filed by an individual and corporate tax payers for the taxable year 2008. (CAL/PIA9) [top]

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