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'Oplan Kandado' closes 3 establishments in La Union

By Jennilyne C. Role

San Fernando City, La Union (2 October) -- Three establishments in La Union were padlocked temporarily by the Bureau of Internal Revenue Revenue District Office 3 during the simultaneous 'Oplan Kandado' operations in La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte last Tuesday.

The establishments ordered for temporary closure pending compliance to pay proper and correct taxes include the Liberty Commercial Main and the Liberty Commercial Warehouse, both owned by Vivian Villa So Go located at the city proper; and the J.C. Go Merchandizing owned by Juanita Go in Brgy. Ortiz, Naguilian, La Union.

"The three establishments under-declared their sales for the current year (2009) and due process were given them prior to the final order of temporary closure from our head office," BIR-R1 Regional Director Thomas C. Rosales said during the press conference held prior to the field operation.

Rosales further said that the identified establishments were given ample time to comply but they take everything for granted.

"They never knew when the law will cease them, unfortunately, their time comes that day," Rosales added.

In an ambush interview with the owner of Liberty Commercial, she claimed that initially they had already paid an amount of P300,000.00 and had scheduled to pay another P200,000.00 out of the more than one million being charged of them by BIR.

When asked how BIR determines the supposedly tax due for the establishments, Revenue District Officer Yolanda Ferrer of RDO-3 (La Union) explained that once an establishment had been issued with a mission order, surveillance team are deployed to monitor the influx of customers in that particular establishment.

"From there, BIR will determine the average daily sales from which we will derive the tax due for the establishment," Ferrer added.

On the other hand, Revenue District Officer Joseph Catapia of Calasiao of RDO-4 (Calasiao) explained to the media that prior to order for closure, violators will be given mission order stating therein their violations where owners or duly representatives are expected to negotiate immediately to BIR.

If owners resist to mission orders given, a 48-hour notice to report to BIR regional office will be issued to settle their tax obligations, otherwise another 5-day VAT compliance notice follows.

Again, if unsettled, the case will be recommended to BIR central office for proper decision where closure orders come.

Establishments that were given temporary closure order in Region I sums to 27 out of the more than 50 establishments candidates for closure.

Pangasinan piloted with 14 establishments closed but six are already in operation now after settling their tax due, La Union has 3, Ilocos Sur has 5, and Ilocos Norte has 3 establishments closed. (PIA RO1/La Union) [top]

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