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2009/10/01

BIR padlocks erring establishment in Maasin City, 2 others in Eastern Visayas

By Erna Sy Gorne

Maasin City (October 1) -- Led by no less than Regional Director Atty Arceli Francisco of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) 8 together with the employees of local BIR based in Southern Leyte headed by Revenue District Officer (RDO) Noemi Theresa Pizon, padlocked another establishment in the city Wednesday in the morning.

The revenue collection agency padlocked the two-door Maasin Auto Supply establishment in Barangay Tunga-tunga as the store management and staff watched their store forcibly closed. The implementation of the agency's Oplan Kandado was also witnessed by Barangay Kagawad Nelson Supremo.

Francisco said two other business establishments located in Catarman, Northern Samar and Tacloban City are simultaneously padlocked yesterday. Thus, bringing a total of 19 business establishments whose business operations were temporarily suspended with the Oplan Kandado campaign in Eastern Visayas region, so far.

Regional Director Francisco disclosed that the closure orders were approved by the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue by the virtue of Section 115 of the National Revenue Code of 1997 due to underdeclaration of sales by more than 30%.

She further disclosed that earlier this year, a meeting was conducted among the local business establishments here to warn about the measures the agency will undertake to run after those who are underdeclaring their sales to correct their report on sales already.

On the other hand, RDO Pizon noted that some business establishment showed compliance by correcting their sales declaration as evidenced with increased tax collections in the following quarter, however, there are still others that continues to under declare their sales noted.

Pizon said that Maasin Auto Supply store will be padlocked in the next five days and until such time that the management of the auto supply is ready to settle their corrected tax with the revenue district office.

Months ago this year, the Hobies Restaurant still based in Maasin City was the first business establishment padlocked due to underdeclaration violation. Hobies Restaurant now is back to business after settling their correct tax payments with the BIR in Southern Leyte. (PIA) [top]

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