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QC to crack down on shops showing Pacman fight

Quezon City (10 November) -- The City government has warned establishments hoping to cash in on the coming fight of boxing champion Manny Pacquiao to comply with tax and documentary requirements or suffer a knockout ? in penalties and other charges.

City Administrator Victor Endriga said many establishments like bars and restaurants aadvertise the showing of Pacquiao's fight on Sunday and charging additional fees for the event.

Endriga said establishments showing the Pacquiao fight need to get a mayor's permit and register their tickets, for tax purposes.

"They are subject to a 10 percent amusement tax. But so far only the big cinemas have secured their permits and have registered their tickets," Endriga said.

Establishments that show the fight and charge fees for the showing but do not issue tickets also need to get a mayor's permit and pay proper tax.

Endriga said those who fail to register their tickets are subject to a P5,000 fine and surcharge of P25 percent of the taxable amount.

Failure to pay the amusement tax would mean an additional two percent penalty on the taxable amount per month of delay.

The city government also has the option to prosecute establishments who would refuse to pay the appropriate amusement tax despite demands.

"In fact, in such case of violation in the past, we could even have stopped the airing. But to avoid being tagged as killjoy we just fined the owners of those establishments and collected the appropriate tax," he added.

Endriga said the city government's Task Force on Amusement Tax, which is under his control and supervision, will do the rounds to remind the establishments about the rule and also to monitor for any violations. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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