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BIR-RR 3 suspends another Tuguegarao business enterprise

by Thelma C. Bicarme

Tuguegarao City (17 May) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Tuesday, May 11 has shut down a business enterprises in Tuguegarao City for tax violations under the Oplan Kandado program.

BIR Deputy Commissioner Gregorio Cabantac and Regional Director Thelma Milabao personally padlocked CAS Enterprises, a wholesaler and supplier of general merchandise, housewares, kitchenware, health and beauty, gifts, toys and other products located at Bonifacio St., Tuguegarao City.

Atty. Chito dela Pena, Chief of BIR Legal Division said that before the closure, they placed the said business establishment under surveillance for 10 days and based on the reports of the surveillance team, CAS Enterprises was found to have underdeclared its sales by more than 30 percent, which was a violation of Section 115 of the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997.

Director Milabao said that Esteven Yu Chua, the owner of the business establishment was given ample time to resolve the problem but the latter failed to rectify his violations prompting the BIR to recommended the closure of their business.

Since January 2009, the tax bureau has already closed seven business enterprises in the region including restaurants, hardware stores, big groceries.

The BIR urged businessmen to register their businesses, issue sales invoices or official receipts, file VAT returns and declare the correct percent of what they are supposed to pay to help the government raise more funds to support the implementation of programs and projects which promote the general welfare and protection of all Filipino citizens.

Meanwhile, Edith B. Carayugan, Asst. Revenue District Officer of BIR-RDO 13 which covers Cagayan and Batanes has reported that for the first quarter of 2010, they have already exceeded their collection goal by 43.8%.

"The biggest slice of the collections came from the taxes paid by fixed income earners," the BIR official reported. The rest came from business, real property and capital gain taxes.

Likewise, the BIR-RR 3 exceeded its tax collection goal by 47.77%.

Atty.dela Pena has attributed the tax collection increase to the intensified tax information and collection campaigns being implemented by the BIR. (PIA 2) [top]

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